tOD has attended the International Experts Meeting regarding Towards a Roadmap for Sustainable Cities in the MENA Region in collaboration with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Foundation and the American University of Beirut held on 4th – 5th of November 2014, Beirut, Lebanon.
The topics that were discussed revolved around the groundbreaking impact of the environment on our cities and our behavior. Environmentalists, specialists, consultants, professors and architects created a platform to share how urban planning policies and actions done in different countries has been addressed.
The main focus was on transportation and its impact on the environment.
Improving public transportation in the Arab World, specifically in Lebanon, reduces vehicular emissions, congestion levels, accidents costs, etc. Hence, the overall outcome might contribute to the well-being of individuals and hopefully will promote “pedestrianisation” or “walkability” in cities. Examples extracted from Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, France, Germany, and Ghana, shed the light on problems or/and efficiency of their interventions/proposals. Sustainable transportation would hence be one of the issues to tackle in order to maintain healthy and resilient cities.
The image below is an example of Istanbul’s intervention to improve pedestrian paths in the city (source: EMBARQ)