The transport sector is confronting COVID19 in Latin America

What are the appropriate measures the sector can take to reduce the risk of contagion while meeting the demand for basic mobility

for society? We invite you to again see the webinar made a few days ago.

March 24th, 2019. Peru (webinar). Last March 24, the regional community of practice of EUROCLIMA+ and MobiliseYourCity, Sustainable Urban Mobility Platform in collaboration with TUMI, ITF, SLOCAT, CIOESTE, LEDSLAC, Sustentar, Libélula and FLACMA, carried out the webinar “Actions of the transport sector for COVID19 in Latin America".

This is due to the global emergency that has unleashed the COVID-19 pandemic, with metropolises and urban areas being the ones that have registered the most infections, which has naturally impacted the transport sector with a central role in controlling the spread of the virus. In view of this, various authorities in the region are implementing measures to meet the demand for goods and personal mobility, while promoting social distancing and extreme cleanliness and disinfection actions in public spaces to mitigate the spread of the virus.

In this session the role of transport in the transmission of the virus was discussed, along with the appropriate measures that the sector can take to reduce the risk of infection, while meeting the demand for basic mobility for society and the supply of inputs such as foods and medicines. Local government officials shared their experience and the measures being taken in cities such as Buenos Aires and Mexico City.

The webinar was attended by Maruxa Cardama, Director of SloCat, who gave an introduction to the session highlighting the importance of public transport in cities and the challenges now being faced in this pandemic.

Verena Flues, Senior Specialist in Sustainable Mobility at the German Agency for Development Cooperation (GIZ), shared the experience on prevention measures and transport implications of COVID-19, using the case of the Shenzhen Bus Group, China. Lucila Capelli, Undersecretary of Sustainable Mobility of the Government of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, presented the measures that have been implemented so far in the City of Buenos Aires.

As well as Rodrigo Diaz Gonzalez. Undersecretary of Planning, Policies and Regulation of the Secretariat of Mobility of Mexico City, shared his experience in Mexico City.

In order to continue with the discussion and exchange of ideas and experiences around this important topic, the Platform for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Latin America, has created the discussion forum, which is offered as a space for common understanding of the most relevant aspects that influence the spread of COVID-19 in the framework of transport systems.

We invite you to share with us your reflections on the questions we put to you in the discussion group for COVID-19 and its impact on urban mobility and the transport sector in LAC. We also hope that you can share with us your own concerns and proposals.

Here you will find the video of the webinar:

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EUROCLIMA+ is a programme financed 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), French Agency for Development (AFD), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Expertise France (EF), the International and Ibero-American Foundation for Administration and Public Policies (FIIAPP), the German Society for Development Cooperation (GIZ), and UN Environment.

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