On March 27 in Nicosia, the MED Urban Transports Community organized, in the framework of the event CIRCLE2019 / SMILE2019 (“Challenges for the Islands in the era of the Circular Economy” & “6th Sustainable Mobility & Intelligent Transport Conference”) a one-day TechCamp for its members to present and test the ICT tools developed in its project activities and in the Mediterranean area.
The TechCamp gathered representatives of projects from the community, partners of the GO SUMP project as well as associated partners.
- presentation of the SUMPORT project by M. Miltiadou of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and more particularly the parking and public transport application developed in Koper (Slovenia), as well as the carpooling application for port workers developed in Valencia (Spain)
- presentation by M. Rivera of the iCiTy strategy of Palma (Spain) to address mobility challenges and of Victoria, the municipality bus operator. The strategy aims to involve citizens in mobility policy making and to strenghten links with the islands Mallorca, Menorca, Formentera and Eivissa.
- presentation by Dr Haj Taieb of the Sfax (Tunisia) Tramway project and its related ICT challenges such as new technologies for ticketing through QR codes, automatic ticket dispensers and passenger information through dynamic displays …
- presentation of M. Nared of the Interreg Europe SMART-MR project results regarding ICT, described as an efficient short term solution and essential to address mobility challenges and to improve public transportation in Mediterranean cities.
- presentation by Mrs Chaumier from CODATU of the application developed for cycling routes in the French Riviera and ICT model for communication between different actors and planning instruments.
The afternoon was dedicated to the testing of ICT tools and the presentation of REMEDIO et MOTIVATE projects:
- REMEDIO aims to regenerate Mediterranean communities congested by traffic through innovative low carbon mobility solutions and more specifically a participative governance that engage institutions, stakeholders and citizens.
- MOTIVATE is a crowdsourcing application that provide tool for cities that collects data from citizens in order to understand better daily trips and mobility. It promotes citizen participation to mobility planning.
The conclusion was an opportunity to discuss the replication and adaptability of the good practices and presented tools.
A presentation and the testing of ICT tools. Source: Interreg MED
UNIMED, the Mediterranean Universities Union, founded in October 1991, is an association of Universities from the countries of the Mediterranean basin (www.uni-med.net
). It counts 103 associated Universities coming from 23 countries of both shores of Mediterranean (data updated to November 2017).
UNIMED’s aim is to develop university research and education in the Euro-Mediterranean area in order to contribute to scientific, cultural, social and economic cooperation. UNIMED acts in different fields: tangible and intangible cultural heritage, economics, energy, environment, management of water resources, transports, health, media, new technologies, history, tourism. The image that better represents our association is that of a University Without Walls.
UNIMED carries out the following activities in favour of the associated Universities:
• Promotion of the international dimension of universities;
• Planning and fund-raising activities: information on call for proposals and opportunities offered by international and European Commission, partnership search, technical assistance, planning; dissemination;
• Promotion of mobility in the Euro-Mediterranean region, for students, researchers and academic staff;
• Technical assistance for the enhancement of quality assurance in university education;
• Creation of thematic Sub-Networks to foster the scientific cooperation within specific fields;
• Organization of meetings, discussions, seminars and round tables both at a national and international level;
• Training for academic and administrative staff of Universities, particularly for the personnel of International Relations Offices.
Through the many initiatives carried out over the two decades, UNIMED has promoted the collaboration between universities of the Mediterranean, becoming a point of reference of the international university cooperation.
is a network of Mediterranean cities created in Barcelona in November 1991.
The creation of MedCities was a consequence of the willingness of strengthening decentralised actions involving technical assistance as the best means of promoting awareness of urban environmental problems and making those actions into a vehicle for empowering municipalities in developing countries in respect of management of urban environmental issues. MedCities continues offering this support. Since then, MedCities has extended its activities from the initial local environment to the wider local sustainable development field.
Being a network of Mediterranean towns and cities belonging to different countries, its purpose is urban sustainable development as a way to improve living conditions in the Mediterranean region.
The main aims and purposes of the network are:
- to develop the awareness of interdependence and common responsibility as regard policies of sustainable development, environmental conservation and social cohesion of the Mediterranean basin
- to reinforce the role, competences and resources (institutional, financial and technical) of local administrations in the adoption and implementation of sustainable local development policies
- to develop citizens’ awareness and involvement in the sustainable development of their towns and cities
- to get under way and develop policies for direct cooperation and partnership between partners and with other associations
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