SUMP-Central was created during the Interreg Central Europe LOW-CARB project, as a European competence centre for sustainable urban mobility planning (SUMP). This beta-version website provides knowledge, resources and content to support the specific development of SUMPs in regions of central Europe (CE) in local central European languages!
The new online portal is planned to be a knowledge database of news, good practices, examplarSUMPs, tools, and resources for local planning authorities and urban practitioners. The site caters to anyone looking to find:
- helpful learning materials or educational resources to teach yourself or other stakeholders about SUMP processes
- practical tools to evaluate SUMP processes and make them more efficient
- funding opportunities and experts in the field of sustainable urban mobility planning
While several other online sites offer similar services to accompany SUMP development, LOW-CARB's SUMP-Central has been created with an additional level of speciality. It seeks to provide users with key materials in local central European languages that target the integrated planning issues faced specifically by central European regions. SUMP-Central therefor seeks to make it easier and simpler to find valuable resources that closely fits the contextual needs of Functional Urban Areas in CE. It consequently, boasts the feature that the entire website is available in 9 CE languages (EN, IT, DE, CZ, CR, HU, SL, SK, PL) and has the option of filtering resources for country-based information, news, and good practices of partnering European projects.
It also goes a step further to offer access to expert networks within central Europe and beyond, who have the experience of establishing low carbon mobility schemes in these distinct regions who are just at the beginning of their transition. SUMP-Central does not seek to replace other platforms but to rather create a link to the existing SUMP databases by bridging the knowledge gap encountered by CE-planners.
While the conceptualization and development of SUMP-Central is attributed to LOW-CARB, it is a freestanding site and will continue long after the closure of the LOW-CARB project in 2020. In fact it will be further developed with the new Interreg DYNAXIBILITY4CE Project. The site is currently operational in a beta-phase, while an open call for contributors to co-create its content is in progress! Are you a stakeholder of Sustainable Urban Mobility Planning? Find out how you could contribute.
Author: Saydrina Govender