CIVITAS Prosperity

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The Horizon 2020 CIVITAS PROSPERITY project aimed to enable and create a culture shift in government agencies and local authorities to support SUMPs. The project focused on promoting and supporting a broad take-up of SUMPs especially in countries, regions and cities where the take-up is currently low. It aimed to achieve this by providing mechanisms and tools for national and regional agencies to take a leading role in the development of SUMPs, and building professional capacity through peer-to-peer exchange programmes and tailor made training programmes on various aspects of SUMPs and innovative approaches in sustainable urban mobility.

Clos­ing the gap

A con­cept for the devel­op­ment of Sus­tain­able Urban Mobil­i­ty Plans (SUMPs) has emerged from a broad exchange between stake­hold­ers and plan­ning experts across the Euro­pean Union. But even though there is now a broad­ly under­stood con­cept, the take up of it in some coun­tries and areas remained low. The rea­son is obvi­ous: there has been a gap between the needs and require­ments of the cities that devel­op and imple­ment SUMPs, and the high­er lev­els of gov­ern­ment who can, when cir­cum­stances are right, play a vital role in prepar­ing the ground for SUMP, espe­cial­ly by pro­vid­ing pro­grammes and financ­ing to encour­age cities to devel­op and imple­ment SUMPs.

CIV­I­TAS PROSPERITY’S main aim was to close this gap, based on the under­stand­ing that in many coun­tries, cities will fol­low the lead of nation­al gov­ern­ment as well as of EU institutions.

A unique approach to encour­age the wider uptake of SUMPs

The PROS­PER­I­TY project took a unique approach to encour­ag­ing the wider uptake of SUMPs in those coun­tries on the city lev­el, the nation­al lev­el and the EU lev­el, and to encour­age hor­i­zon­tal col­lab­o­ra­tion between all these lev­els across coun­tries. In addi­tion, nation­al lev­el exchanges of expe­ri­ence and train­ing events brought togeth­er cities and nation­al lev­el agen­cies in each coun­try to build mutu­al under­stand-ing about the process of SUMP, as well as to build capacity.

Bring about a cul­ture shift in trans­port plan­ning at all lev­els of government

The major­i­ty of the activ­i­ties of the project took place in South­ern, Cen­tral-east­ern and East­ern Europe. This low uptake was the result of a num­ber of dif­fer­ent fac­tors: dif­fer­ent cul­tures, dif­fer­ent plan­ning and imple­men­ta­tion tra­di­tions, and a lack of under­stand­ing as to why SUMP is an inno­v­a­tive and use­ful tool and not just a tick-box exer­cise to pro­duce a document.

In these regions the com­mu­ni­ca­tion, the polit­i­cal and inter­nal buy-in and a com­mon under­stand­ing of sus­tain­able trans­port objec­tives and the way to reach them is at least as impor­tant as the SUMP itself. CIV­I­TAS PROS­PER­I­TY helped to increase the take up of SUMP in these coun­tries, whilst bear­ing in mind cul­tur­al dif­fer­ences. This hap­pened through reg­u­lar peer-to-peer exchange between the nation­al lev­el author­i­ties of dif­fer­ent coun­tries, and through a long term nation­al devel­op­ment process in each coun­try, in which the nation­al lev­el inter­act­ed and still inter­acts with the cities and oth­er impor­tant stake­hold­ers with­in a coun­try-spe­cif­ic nation­al SUMP task force.