Meetings on TransDanube.Pearls – Network for Sustainable Mobility along the Danube, THE PEP Partnership on Cycling and the development of national transport, health and environment action plans (NTHEAPs)

1–2 March 2017, Belgrade, Serbia

In one of three meetings organized within the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European (THE PEP) programme, TransDanube.Pearls – Network for Sustainable Mobility along the Danube project was presented officially at a launch conference on 1 March 2017 in Belgrade, Serbia. The main objective of the project is to develop socially fair, economically viable and health-promoting mobility and tourism for visitors and inhabitants of the Danube region.

Representatives from ministries and international organizations, with practitioners of sustainable mobility in tourism, examined the challenges faced and examples of good mobility practices across Europe in developing environmentally friendly and safe transport systems while facilitating access to urban and rural areas. They reviewed a number of approaches to cycling promotion, including developing a national cycling plan, cycling promotion campaigns and combining cycling with public transport.

Main objectives

The aims of the three meetings were to:

  • discuss how to approach the challenges of implementing sustainable mobility in tourism and health;
  • explore how to promote cycling as a means of sustainable transport, including opportunities resulting from the TransDanube.Pearls project and the Pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion; and
  • support Serbian authorities (transport, health and environment sectors) in sharing best practices, building capacity and starting the internal procedures to develop a NTHEAP.

Background

THE PEP is a joint initiative of WHO/Europe and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which streamlines and consolidates their activities on transport, environment and health, and establishes a unique intergovernmental body in which these three sectors are equally represented.

By providing a European policy framework, THE PEP facilitates a more effective use of resources and better coordination at the national and international levels.