Gent Workshop on Participation

Achieving sustainable, energy-efficient and environmentally friendly transport systems is one of the European key aims. Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (SUMPs) are an instrument that contributes to reaching the climate and energy targets set by European leaders and is promoted by the European Commission in relevant documents such as the Transport White Paper and Urban Action Plan. Cities frequently face major barriers while creating their own Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans.
To support cities at different stages of working with SUMP CH4LLENGE organises four in-depth training workshops on the four SUMP challenges targeted at CH4LLENGE Partner cities and Follower cities to facilitate the mutual exchange of experiences between them. This first SUMP Training Workshop, organised in Gent, Belgium (July 2nd – 3rd 2013) focuses on stakeholder participation and citizen involvement in the SUMP process. The host city Gent is well placed to invite the CH4LLENGE cities to participate in a workshop on this topic with their rich experience on stakeholder and citizens involvement of Gent’s own SUMP planning process and the station area renewal project.


The goals of the workshop are:
  • To introduce the project to Follower Cities and explain their role in the project to kick-off the process in which the cities will develop their own activities on SUMPs.
  • With regard to the first challenge participation in SUMP development, participants will discuss together the concepts and methods for stakeholder involvement and citizen participation and will learn from Gent’s experiences through real life case examples.
  • In order to prepare well for the following challenge workshops, participants will be asked to reflect on expectations towards the project and the next challenge workshop in Leeds on ‘institutional cooperation in SUMP development’.  
Download the Final agenda and the meeting minutes.
The workshop is only open to CH4LLENGE partners and Follower Cities.

The next CH4LLENGE workshop will take place in Leeds on the 5-6th of November 2013 and will focus on the second challenge: institutional cooperation.

Photos: City of Gent