Sustainable Urban Transport - Newsletter #1
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Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Transport : Introduction

Tunis, photo-credit Mathieu Martin 21/03/2016
In the field of transport, as in many other sectors, there is a real need for exchange across the Mediterranean. Although regional meetings are always appreciated, participants often highlight the difficulty in cultivating relationships and maintaining contacts. Even if seminars are very useful as an opportunity to meet experts and learn about new practices in the field of urban transport and mobility, it is always difficult to go deep into topics and projects and assess their potential transferability. To facilitate the process CODATU, the Center for Mediterranean Integration and the French Development Agency have developed a Community of Practice (CoP) for Sustainable Urban Transport. Read more


A Community of Practice:  Why? For Whom?

Amman, photo-credit Lorenza Tomasoni 25/10/2015
The challenge of sustainable urban mobility is a priority for the Mediterranean cities. The urbanization rate in the Mediterranean countries, which stood at 64% in 2000, is set to rise to 72% by 2025. This rapid increase in population and the resulting urban sprawl have generated a strong demand for mobility. Large cities have tended to develop extensively leading to high levels of congestion and a slowdown of economic development. Mediterranean cities have to focus now on mass transportation and active modes to ensure an energy-efficient transport offer. Read more


Mourad Ezzine, Manager of the Center for Mediterranean Integration

Communities of Practices: an Efficient Instrument to Sustain the Sharing of Experiences

The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is a multi-partner platform where development agencies, Governments, local authorities and civil society from around the Mediterranean convene in order to exchange knowledge, discuss public policies, and identify the solutions needed to address key challenges facing the Mediterranean region. Read more


Launch of CODATU Photo Competition « Moving Generations »

25-May-28 September 2016: Once a year the CODATU offers photography amateur worldwide the opportunity to submit pictures re-imagining the urban mobility and emphasizing the importance of urban transport to ensure a sustainable urban development, this years’ theme is Moving Generations! CODATU photo competition focuses on the importance of providing an inclusive mobility. The goal is to show how urban transport puts all generations on the move and to display this concept in the most original and engaging way! Find out more.


Photo-credit Julien Allaire 25/03/2016 Moroccan Tram stop
Casablanca, Morocco, 25 Mars 2016, Moroccan Tram stop, Photo-credit Julien Allaire
The Casablanca Tramway is a mass transit system serving Greater Casablanca, the economic capital of Morocco. It was commissioned in December 2012 and in 2016 it includes a fork line of 31 km with 48 stations linking Sidi Moumen in Ain Diab and the Faculties District. The Casablanca tramway is operated and maintained by Casa Tram, a subsidiary of RATP Dev, under the supervision of the Casa Transport Authority.
photo-credit Le Courrier d’Algérie 07/05/2016
Algiers, Algeria, 06 May 2016: Under the slogan "Reduce Pollution, Live Better" the Algerian radio and the province of Algiers organized the eighth Car Free Day in the center of the Algerian capital aiming to raise awareness around the environmental danger that is gas emission encouraging the public to opt for a more environmentally friendly transport option.


18-19 July 2016, "Mass Transport Projects Development: Experiences Sharing and Perspectives", First Webinar organized by the Community of Practice for Sustainable Urban Transport during MedCop22 in Tangier, Morocco.






This newsletter is co-produced by the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), the French Development Agency (AFD) and Cooperation for Urban Mobility in the Developing World (CODATU), in the context of the joint program for Sustainable Urban Transport. It is based on a desk review and presents a selection of updates, publications and events pertaining to Sustainable Urban Transport in the Middle East and North Africa.
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