Economic and demographic dynamics in Alpine Space lead to extensions of peri-urban areas, to splitting of the territory, splitting of transport services and to enormous increase of private traffic. This is highly problematic because of the strictly limited space for settlement development in Alpine Space.

The negative consequences are:
- Increased commuting, increased motorized individual traffic
- High emissions (CO2, pollutants, noise), reduced regional competitiveness by traffic congestions
- Reduced profitability of transport services
- Accessibility constraints for population groups which depend on public transport
- High mobility costs for private households, high time expenditure, reduced quality of life
- Vulnerability of real estate values in case of heavily rising energy costs for mobility

Governance measures for spatial and transport development are key factors in influencing future mobility, avoiding "enforced" individual motorized mobility.
But they face big problems:
- Most private ways start and end at home. So residency locations at a considerable rate determine mobility needs, chances for sustainable traffic (foot, bicycle, public transport), accessibility and long term costs. But many households do not consider long term effects, mainly searching for cheap building sites and low residential costs
- Public authorities and political decisions frequently follow residential market demands, neglecting effects of an inappropriate development

The main challenge of MORECO partnership is to support public transport by influencing spatial governance from local to transnational level by:
- New institutional cooperation between spatial planning authorities and transport providers
- Methodological instruments for spatial planners and politicians for long term cost-impacts
- New instruments showing spatial potentials for transport actors
- New services for briefing house hunting households showing long term cost effects

Main objective is to improve accessibility and to foster sustainable mobility by an optimized polycentric settlement development in the Alpine Space.
The project partners are political bodies or work in very close contact with local, regional, national political and administrative institutions. This will ensure that the outputs will be transferred to and implemented in the political decision making processes.
Partners are coming from 5 different EU Member States: they bring in needs, experiences and skills and different backgrounds (local and regional public authorities, research centers, universities). The comparison of problems and solutions is necessary to reach a winning mix of tools and strategies and to ensure transferability in Alpine Space regions.

You can find more information about the project in the leaflet that has been realized in 5 languages: please download the version you prefer among English, Italian, German, Slovenian and French


  • 2014-07-01

    MORECO conclusion in Lyon

    The final conference of the MORECO project was hosted by the Rhone-Alps-Region in Lyon. Partner organizations, experts and political representatives from Austria, Germany, Italy, France and Slovenia met for this great occasion, and shared MORECO outputs and tools for promoting sustainable development in alpine territories.
  • 2014-06-30

    MORECO at the 25th Slovenian Town and Spatial Planning Association Conference

    UIRS participated at the 25th Slovenian Town and Spatial Planning Association Conference, entitled ''Green industrial areas: innovative approaches in urban planning''
  • 2014-06-24

    Province of Mantova - final MORECO meeting

    The results of MORECO in the Province of Mantova will be presented Monday June 30th
  • 2014-06-16

    UIRS participated to the 1st Serbian Road Congress

    A contribution from the MORECO project to the 1st Serbian Road Congress - Belgrade, June 5-6 2014
  • 2014-06-11


    The sixth and last newsletter of the Moreco project is avalaible online: download it from the press section!
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