Workshop “Presentation of RESCUE project research results”

The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Crete and the University of Macedonia, in the framework of the research project RESCUE (REinventing Sump Cycle Under pandemic Era), organized a workshop on Monday, 23 October 2023, at the Mediterranean Palace Hotel, Thessaloniki.

During the workshop, the measures for managing mobility during the COVID-19 pandemic were discussed. A system of indicators for monitoring was proposed and strategies for integrating them into Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) were explored.

The project aims to tackle the adverse socio-economic effects of social distancing measures on local communities by proposing specific strategies for mobility management. Additionally, a new set of key performance indicators has been developed that includes the essential elements of a SUMP and focuses on the economic and well-being aspects of local communities that are currently not adequately addressed by SUMPs but are impacted by the pandemic-related challenges.

The main goal of the project is to update the SUMP cycle to include the potential impact of a pandemic. The revised version of the SUMP, which was presented at the workshop, should be used by local authorities and planning bodies when creating or updating SUMPs in the future.

During the workshop, various perspectives were recorded, contributing to the successful implementation of the RESCUE project objectives.