Cruise tourism represents an appealing way to visit coastal areas providing a significant boost in their economy and international reputation.
However, cities included in this type of tourism are called to implement more sustainable mobility plans, as well as multimodal connections, in order to increase income from cruise tourism and to preserve territorial natural assets.
LOCATIONS will support local public administrations in drafting Low-Carbon Transport and mobility Plans (LCTPs) with measures dedicated to cruise-related passengers and freight flows, contributing to decongest the city traffic and to lower the production of greenhouse gases.
A methodology will be tested to respond to specific mobility-related issues in the countries involved.
The definition of modular packages will pave the way for transferability in new MED area countries by means of international capacity building actions and mutual learning activities for new sustainable mobility concepts.
Involvement of citizenship and cruise passengers is foreseen through raising awareness campaign, encouraging participation and responsibility in enhancing cities’ quality of life.
LOCATION’s main objective is providing Support to public authorities in the development of Low Carbon Transport and mobility Plans, in cities that are cruise destinations in Mediterranean countries. This goal will be achieved by means of the consecution of the following specific objectives:
Increasing institutional and operational capacity to foster the use of existing low-carbon transport systems and multi-modal connections for cruise-related passengers and freight flows in the frame of wider sustainable traffic and mobility policies.
Promoting sustainable growth and low-carbon strategies in MED cruise destination cities by acting on the capacity of port, local and regional authorities to jointly develop planning tools for sustainable mobility of people and goods related to cruise flows, integrated with the mobility chapter of SEAPs or the cities’ SUMPs.
Fostering innovative concepts, practices, governance, technologies, services, a more reasonable use of resources and a territorially-based approach, reducing impacts on environmental, natural and cultural assets, and improving accessibility and quality of life for tourists and local populations.
LOCATIONS’ models to develop LCTPs aim to produce short-term results (7 LCTPs), transfer the outputs in the mid-term (5 new LCTPs), build capacity building for 6 new technical organizations, promote the methodology in new MED countries and territories (leading to MoUs signed by port, local and regional authorities), cooperate with regional authorities managing funds for the effective implementation of actions contained in the plans.
Tailoring the operational model for LCTPs
Capacity building for partners to bridge the gaps
First phase in the implementation of pilot activities
Evaluation, preparing implementation and replication