Med: ARLEM calls for sustainable, efficient urban transport

Lack of adequate transport in cities costing 5% of GDP

24 February, 17:07

    (ANSAmed) - TANGIERS, FEBRUARY 24 - The lack of adequate infrastructure in urban transportation is costing Mediterranean Basin countries 5% of their GDP, the Euro-Mediterranean Regional and Local Assembly (ARLEM) said Monday during its fifth plenary session in the Moroccan city of Tangiers.

    If it continues, the situation might become ''untenable'', ARLEM participants said in a report.

    ''It is necessary to develop sustainable urban mobility plans as soon as possible, with a particular focus on non-motorized means of urban transportation'', said ARLEM co-president for the southern shore Ali Abdel Rahman, who is the governor of Egypt's Giza province.

    The rate of urbanization in the Mediterranean area is likely to grow at a steady rate, from 64% in 2000 to 72% in 2025, and demand for efficient transportation systems will increase along with it, the ARLEM report pointed out.

    ARLEM proposed a series of measures to remedy the situation.

    These include decentralization of powers in favor of cities, which are better able to understand local needs, educating the public about environmental issues, and favoring the exchange of good practices by boosting cooperation between the two shores of the Mediterranean. (ANSAmed).

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