Sustainable Mobility to and Within Environmental Sensitive Touristic Regions – a Transnational Experience



Sustainable Mobility to and Within Environmental Sensitive Touristic Regions – a Transnational Experience

Authors

Agnes Kurzweil, Umweltbundesamt GmbH

Description

Tourism increasingly involves the use of private cars which cause negative ecological effects – especially in sensitive areas like the mountains or environmental sensitive regions along the Danube. As tourism is the driving force for furhter economic growth in many of these regions, sustainable solutions have to be found in order to minimize the negative consequences for people and nature.
The Umweltbundesamt is leading two projects (Access2Mountain, Transdanube) dealing with the improvement of sustainable mobiliy offers to and within tourism regions in the mountains (Alps and Carpathians) respr. along the Danube.
In the frame of the ETC the Umweltbundesamt will combine the main findings of both projects and give an overview about the most important identified challenges of sustainable touristic mobility in that two landscapes in Central- and South-East-Europe. The presentation will provide the main results of the in sum three best practice collections including factors of success, risks and recommandations, anoher focus will be on the needed framework for implentation. First experiences from the pilot activities will deliver practical insights.

Abstract

Tourism still depends to a high degree on the use of private cars. Increasing numbers of tourists cause negative ecological effects.This is especially true for sensitive areas like the mountains or environmental sensitive regions along the Danube. As tourism is the driving force for furhter economic growth in many of these regions, sustainable solutions have to be found in order to minimized the negative consequences for people and nature. Accessibility to and within these areas by sustainable public transport and non-motorized mobility is often limited. There is a clear need for further development in this area Bringing forward the concept of sustainalbe mobility in tourism supports regions in the Alps, the Carpathians and the Danube to create added value from tourism without the whole range of negative consequences.

Transnational Experience out of 2 projects in 2 different landscapes:
The Environment Agency Austria is lead partner of two projects dealing with the improvement of sustainable mobiliy offers to and within tourism regions in the mountains (Alps and Carpathians) respr. along the Danube.
Both projects are financed under the ETC-Programm South-East-Europe:

The project Access2Mountain aims at developing appropriate conditions to increase the accessibility of mountain regions in the Alps and the Carpathians by sustainable transport and support the development of a high potential for sustainable tourism. Both the major European regional mountain agreements, the ALPINE and the CARPATHIAN CONVENTION, recognize that sustainable tourism, growing together with sustainable mobility services, is a key-element for regional economic development and a source of income and wellbeing.
Access2Mountain aims at setting up pilot projects to access tourist areas and to ensure sustainable local mobility at destinations, basingly on the collection of best practices in railway operations and multi-modal transport in tourist regions, which have been elaborated at the beginning of the project. Furthermore, the experiences gained in this exercise and the experiences from other mountain tourist regions will be shared in order to enhance the regional and local knowledge and introduce further sustainable mobility services. One main output is the policy support for the definition of a Protocol on Transport to the Carpathian Convention
More than 30 partners and observers from 17 countries in the Alps and the Carpathians join the project, at the regional and (inter)national level, having on board players from transport, tourism and environment.
Project duration: May 2011 – April 2014, www.access2mountain.eu

The main objective of the project Transdanube is the development of sustainable mobility along the Danube including train, bus, bike and shipping traffic to improve accessibility and facilitate the concept of sustainable tourism in the whole Danube region. With that Transdanube is in line with the DANUBE STRATEGY, especially with priority 1a, 1b (Transport infrastructure) and 3 (Tourism & Culture).
First outputs and results of Transdanube will be a transnational State of the Art Report on sustainable mobility in the Danube region, including a best-practice collection of Sustainable Mobility offers, which will be finished by September 2013. A highlight of the transnational cooperation will be the agreement on a “Common vision for sustainable mobility in tourism in the Daube region” to be signed during the mid-termin confernence taking place at the end of September in Bratislava. Based on that regional action plans, precise sustainable transport offers, marketing plans and packages will be developed, including arrival, natural and cultural touristic attractions, mobility at the destination, accommodation and departure. Another transnational outputs will be digital maps presenting information about existing mobility- and tourism offers.
With 14 financing partners allocated equally along the Danube and a large board on strategic partner resp. observer from all levels, the project outputs will reflect the situation of sustainalbe mobility and tourism in this whole area.
Project duration: October 2012 – September 2014; www.transdanube.eu

Best practices: challenges and successfactors of sustainable mobility in tourism regions:
In the frame of the European Transport Conference the Environment Agency Austria will combine the main findings of the both projects and give an overview about the most important identified challenges of sustainable touristic mobility in that two different landscapes in Central- and South-East-Europe. The presentation will provide an overview on the findings of the best practice collection carried out in the two projects including factors of success, risks and recommandations for the implementation. Another focus will be on the cooperation frameworks on the transnational, national and regional level necessary for successful implementation of the defined strategies and activities in the participating regions. First experiences from implementation in the pilot regions will provide practical insights on how sustainalbe mobility offers and packages can increase the added value from tourism in the regions.

Publisher

Association for European Transport