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The aim of the SUMP Glossary is to provide a brief explanation of specialist words, terms and abbreviations relating to the subject of sustainable urban mobility planning. The Glossary has been prepared by the CH4LLENGE project and as a result, there is a particular focus on defining terms relating to the four key challenges of plan development studied by the project, namely: participation, cooperation, measure selection and monitoring & evaluation. It is envisaged that, over time, the international community of mobility practitioners will add to the content of the online Glossary and produce versions in different languages.
A simple structure has been followed so that users can search for words, terms and abbreviations in a standard alphabetic format. For each Glossary term, the following information is provided:
• a general definition and, where available, a specific definition relating to transport and mobility planning;
• an explanation of why the term is relevant to sustainable urban mobility planning; and
• references to sources.
The preparation of the Glossary, including the selection of terms and drafting of definitions, has been informed by a review of relevant reports, guidance documents and existing glossaries. The key reference is the European Union “Guidelines - Developing and implementing a Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan” prepared for the EC’s Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme by Rupprecht Consult (January 2014) and therefore this has not been identified as a source throughout the document. The outputs of the CH4LLENGE project have also provided a principal source of information and the official documents can be found at www.sump-challenges.eu.

Please note that not all the explanatory text is taken directly from the listed sources. The authors have sought to take established definitions and information as the basis and explain these in simple terms and relate them to the context of sustainable urban mobility planning where this was not previously the case.

By Admin Eltis / Updated: 28 May 2019

Definition – There are two distinct uses of the term governanceinfo-icon: (1) One is the way decisions are made, and policies formulated and implemented within a state government and therefore the spotlight is on norms, institutions and procedures which regulate the actions of state, non-state and private-sector actors. (2) The second definition applies outside of formal government. This identifies non-governmental, non-commercial arrangements, which supplement institutions and support social self-organisation. According to Fürst (2015), governance has implicitly the task to solve concrete problems and not to make profit. In the SUMP context, the first definition would apply to local planning authorities, given their formal responsibilities and functions. The second is relevant to non-governmental organisations and interest groups, which are stakeholders in the SUMP process. Good governance (often used in the context of international development cooperation) is linked to a set of specific values: it embraces the rule of law and the realisation of democratic principles and procedures, as well as the freedom of the press and the opportunity to participate in political life.

Relevance to SUMP – The governance arrangements in place at a public authorityinfo-icon directly affect the ability of the authority to achieve the main SUMP characteristics. A review by the public authority of the governance arrangements should involve the identification of institutional, legal or financial barriers and barriers in the management and communication process. Implementing governance arrangements may involve establishing formalised and agreed procedures for joint-working with other departments, neighbouring public authorities, organisations in other policyinfo-icon sectors and public transport operators. They may also include, for example, a commitment to undertake specific citizeninfo-icon participationinfo-icon initiatives. Such arrangements can help to determine an authority’s potential to successfully prepare a SUMP, with special regard to whether horizontal and vertical integrationinfo-icon and a participatory approach will be achieved.

Source: web.worldbank.org; pnd online 2015; giz 2015

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