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Last Mile C-19

Sustainable transport in the touristic regions in the era of covid-19

ABOUT THE PROJECT:

The Last Mile project aimed at finding sustainable, flexible transport systems (FTS) for the last mile in the transport chain in tourism. The COVID-19 (C19) crisis impacted severely many of the identified FTS:

(1) Loss of confidence in public transport (PT): people intended to use individual modes of travel (i.e. the car) to minimize the risk of infection and refrained from using PT, resulting in a loss of customers also for the last mile solutions.

(2) Changed tourism mobility: the COVID-19 measures, especially the movement restrictions, had huge effects on the travelling and recreational behaviour of people. In many regions, tourism came to a standstill – aggravating the lack of passengers for sustainable modes of transport. In some regions, yet, there was a rise in local tourism, creating new challenges as increased individual traffic or the need for visitor and parking management.

(3) Changed mobility patterns: FTS might gain in importance after C19, i.a. to restart PT where PT has suffered.

Project description:

In this project extension, 6 partners from 5 different regions (AT,BG,ES,LU,SK – one partner from PL dropped out) exchange on the impacts of C19 on their regions and derive new solutions for the future. Each region analyses the status quo of its FTS and the effects C19 had on them, exchanges with regional stakeholders (SH) on these issues and analyses good practices for the recovery of FTS.

3 interregional exchange meetings and 1 study visit provide further options to discuss these learnings and identify measures to face and recover from the crisis. PPs aim at improving their policy instruments (PI): new projects will be implemented in 1 operational programme (ES) and 1 regional PI (BG), 1 national PI (LU) and 1 regional PI (AT) will be improved in their governance and 1 regional PI (SK) will be improved through a structural change – considering the new challenges for FTS due to C19 as well as the aim to guarantee sustainable transport accessibility for remote regions.

Partners:

• Environment Agency Austria, Rakúsko (Hlavný partner)

• East Tyrol Regional Management, Rakúsko

• Club “Sustainable Development of Civil Society” – Club SDCS, Bulharsko

• Government of Catalonia, Španielsko

• Upper Sûre Nature Park, Luxembursko

Project duration:

October 2021 – September 2022

CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CREATIVE INDUSTRY
EDUCATION AND CAPACITY BUILDING
SOCIAL AND RESPONSIBLE ENTREPRENEURSHIP
SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY AND TOURISM
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