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Work plan


WP 1 - Transnational project and financial management

This WP covers all activities needed to coordinate project implementation, partnership and to fulfill the technical project obligations.

WP 2 - Communication activities

A variety of communication activities (newsletters, brochures, conferences, etc.) is planned in order to ensure a coherent dissemination of project outputs, results as well as the publication of any other relevant material to be made available to the broad public.

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WP 3 - Analysis, traffic flow models and follow-up tool

This WP will examine the access to project partner regions as well as traffic flows. This shall support the creation of models that help to understand traffic flows in the areas and to what extent road traffic can be shifted to other modes of transport by including the effects of the respective regional pilot activities. The study will include

  • a sensitivity analysis and an analysis of the environmental impacts of emissions caused by road traffic;
  • an evaluation of the different transport routes;
  • an assessment of calculation methods to be given to the regions will be trained to use this tools.

First effects of pilot activities will be examined at the end of the project. Findings will be integrated in the final best practice collection of WP 5.The data provides important input for decisions on follow-up measures and investments.

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WP 4 - Regional and narrow gauge railways

To strengthen an efficient railway net in the Alps and the Carpathians with specific focus on small and narrow gauge railways to better use existing infrastructure rather than building new (road) infrastructures and achieving a modal shift for sustainable tourism in regions with natural assets is the objective of WP 4.

  • Collection of best practice examples on organizational, economic and tourism issues for small and narrow gauge railways in mountain regions.
  • Elaboration of concepts for "learning railway regions", envisaged pilot activities will be fine-tuned and their implementation supported. The experience gained will be transferred to all partners and be integrated in a final best practice collection.

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WP 5 - Multimodal transport

Most common mode of transport to tourism areas in the mountains is individual motor car traffic, causing disturbances and damage. In many mountain regions, there is a lack of awareness and knowledge on how to avoid, respectively steer, individual motorized traffic and offer attractive public transport instead. This results in missing offers that allow or attract tourists to travel to, in or around regions by sustainable transport means.

Train infrastructure does not exist in all regions or are badly connected. Additional modes of sustainable transport have to be used for tourists to reach their destinations. Sometimes bus connections for public transport are in place, though most are struggling for economic survival with deteriorating infrastructure and connections for tourism transport.

Based on these identified lacks and gaps, this WP foresees a common learning based on existing best practices. This will provide knowledge and visions for starting work in the different pilot activities. Experiences made in the Carpathians and the Alps will be used as recommendations in WP 6.

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WP 6 -Training, awareness raising, stakeholder integration, communication, follow-up

Due to experiences of existing studies and projects there is a lack of knowledge on sustainable accessibility and mobility on different levels (destinations, guests, local people, etc.). Activities of this WP focus on the integration of the various target group to ensure the implementation and further work in sustainable mobility.

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WP 7 - Policy development and cooperation

Project results will be integrated into the work of the Alpine and Carpathian Conventions with regard to sustainable tourism and mobility. Further cooperation will be established, especially with the transport working group and the permanent committee of the Alpine Convention and the respective Working Groups of the Carpathian Convention dealing with transport and tourism issues, working on thematic protocols in these fields.

Results achieved will be decontextualized and put into suitable formats for transfer in the Alps, Carpathians and other mountain regions such as the Balkans by seeking the involvement of UNEP (project partner EURAC) and Fedecrail.

The Protocol on Transport to the Carpathian Convention will be developed. Recommendations for EU-policies in the field of sustainable mobility and tourism in mountain regions will be elaborated and adopted at the Final conference of the project.

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