Movilidad Sustentable en Baixada Santista

The Baixada Santista Metropolitan Region is starting the preparation of its Regional Plan for Sustainable Mobility and Logistics

With support from EUROCLIMA+ and the AFD, the project is initiating the preparation of the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan.

Santos, Brazil, May 18, 2021 - In the framework of the EUROCLIMA+ programme, financed by the European Union, the French Development Agency is supporting the implementation of the Plan Regional Sustainable Mobility and Logistics Plan in the Metropolitan Region of Baixada Santista. The French company SETEC was selected for the preparation of the Plan and will carry out the work for a period of 15 months. On Tuesday, April 27, AGEM and the French Development Agency presented the objectives of the Plan at the 234th meeting of the Baixada Santista Development Council (CONDESB), with the participation of the mayors of the 9 cities that make up the Metropolitan Region.

The project aims to promote sustainable mobility and low-emission actions and is led by the Baixada Santista Metropolitan Agency (AGEM), linked to the government of the State of Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Baixada Santista is the oldest Metropolitan Region of Brazil and it is composed of 9 municipalities on the coast of Sao Paulo, integrating the port of Santos, the main port in Latin America.

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The Plan's activities include carrying out a diagnosis of the transport sector through the collection of primary information to update the region's mobility matrix; modelling the evolution of mobility behaviour in short, medium and long-term scenarios; defining the region's vision and objectives to implement sustainable mobility through priority projects, the construction of an action and financing plan, the definition of monitoring systems and finally, the socialisation of the Plan to ensure citizen participation.

Two approaches are key in the preparation of the plan: the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, prioritising sustainable mobility measures, and the reduction of economic and gender inequalities, recognising the differentiated experiences that women have in their mobility.

The main expected results are the expansion and integration of different modes of passenger transport, improvement of traffic flow, reduction of travel times, increase in the number of public transport and bicycle users.

"Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are strategic for promoting the integrated planning of mobility systems and implementing low-carbon transport projects that make cities friendlier and more accessible to all citizens”, said the French Development Agency's Project Manager for Mobility and Transport, Suzanne Spooner.

For his part, the mayor of Santos, Rogério Santos, also president of Condesb, stressed the importance of the support of international cooperation and the participation of the authorities and the population "in this great discussion, which is sustainable development based on mobility".

"Infrastructure has proven to be one of the most important investments in terms of sustainable development and job creation in the region, which has great potential," he said.

In 2018, the Baixada Santista Metropolitan Region was selected as one of the beneficiaries to receive technical and financial support from the EUROCLIMA+ programme. The initiative is one of the 19 projects of the Urban Mobility sector, which aims to align local and national actions in Latin America to achieve Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) from the transport sector. The Regional Plan for Sustainable Mobility and Logistics in the Metropolitan Region of Baixada Santista has a global amount of 500,000 euros, provided by the European Union.

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EUROCLIMA+ is a programme funded by the European Union to promote environmentally sustainable and climate-resilient development in 18 Latin American countries, particularly for the benefit of the most vulnerable populations. The Programme is implemented under the synergistic work of seven agencies: the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), the French Development Agency (AFD), the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-America Foundation for Administration and Public Policy (FIIAPP), the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

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