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CAPSUT- the new portal on Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport

14.04.2014

CAPSUT (Capacity Building for Sustainable Urban Transport) is a web-based platform, dedicated to capacity building in sustainable urban transport. It has been created by GIZ-SUTP (Sustainable Urban Transport Project) and has contributions from various partners worldwide that range from bilateral and multilateral organizations to academia, NGOs and other relevant stakeholders. Two of its main sections are:

1. The Training, Webinars and E-learning section lists information on current and future training activities provided on-site at many locations across the globe and with various partner organizations, as well as on online and e-learning courses.

2. The Resources section hosts a wealth of information on sustainable urban transport. It includes material developed by GIZ-SUTP since 2003, and resources from other institutions.

Please visit www.capsut.org and don’t hesitate to submit any information regarding your upcoming courses to transport@giz.de.

EcoMobility at ICLEI Global Town Hall

09.04.2014

EcoMobility was one of the themes of the day during the third day of the Global Town Hall at Metropolitan Solutions at the Hannover Messe.

“Cities need to be much more eco-efficient,” said Konrad Otto-Zimmermann, Chairman of the ICLEI 8 Agendas, ICLEI and Acting Director of the East Asia Secretariat. “There needs to be shared use, seamless multi-modality and we need to move beyond just vehicles to realizing they are the means to a smart city,” he added.

The ecomobile experience was shared by visiting cities: Suwon as the host of the last EcoMobility Festival, Mϋnster as a shining success story for cycling, Bremen with their carsharing triumph and Taichung City’s goal to become a low-carbon demo city. Further connections between cities and solutions were intensified with companies presenting their products for easy EcoMobility.

Companies such as Kicktrike and Movi presented their products which are a mix between a bicycle and a car that offers easy mobility for longer distances. Urban cable cars by Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH from Austria showed us an alternative solution to traditional roadways demonstrating that it is possible that the future of urban mobility could be above our heads.

Global Town Hall: Work together for integrated solutions

07.04.2014

The ICLEI Global Town Hall @ Metropolitan Solutions opened with businesses and cities coming together to create brighter futures for its citizens.

“Cities fighting climate change and mitigation are cities where people are sitting together (transport, businesses, buildings, governments) and working with each other towards finding solutions. You need to get out of your box and think ambitious targets,” said, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam and ICLEI Global Executive Committee Member, Alexandra van Huffelen.

The tone for the opening of the Global Town Hall at Metropolitan Solutions was integrated approaches. Cities need to explore collaborative efforts with partners to find solutions. The federal government of Germany is already working towards providing financing to support cities. Dr. Barbara Hendricks, Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany said, “Towns and municipalities play a major role in the world. Many measures can only be started locally because this is where lives happen.” In this spirit she revealed that the German federal government has made €700 million available to be invested in municipalities and towns and municipalities will have up to €2 billion available with co-financing towards making more livable cities.

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