Building resilient, climate adaptive and economically viable transport infrastructure networks



$ 225,292

01 Jan 2022

31 Dec 2024

16 Dec 2021


Central Asia, Eastern Europe, South-Eastern Europe, The Caucasus

The objective of the project is to strengthen the capacities of national experts from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia, and South Eastern Europe to adapt their transport systems to climate change challenges and increase their resilience towards external contingencies as well as contribute towards the creation of more economically viable inland transport corridors. In doing so, the project will support the UNECE Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5) in fulfilling its mandate to assume the unique role of a transport “think tank” in the framework of ITC. The objective of the Working Party is to enhance the understanding of the main inland transport trends and developments and strengthen international cooperation to develop sustainable Euro-Asian transport links. In particular, the six clusters of work of the Working Party are: (i) development of transport networks and/or links; (ii) transport infrastructure data; (iii) transport and climate change; (iv) inland transport security; (v) sustainable urban mobility, cycling and public transport; and (vi) Review and monitoring of emerging issues and sustainable development goals. The project is designed to provide support for the further operationalization of the UNECE established International Transport Infrastructure Observatory (ITIO) and the work on transport resilience (i.e. thematic clusters i., ii. and iii). The ITIO is a multi-stakeholder, web based Geographic Information System (GIS) platform which hosts data on a large variety of transport infrastructure networks and nodes across different modes including road, rail, inland waterways, ports, airports, intermodal terminals, logistics centres and border crossing points.  It offers a digital environment that provides access to and visualizes data to support transport decision makers across the UNECE region to develop the transport sector so that it is sustainable, seamless but also resilient to the many challenges at hand, among others such as those caused by climate change, pandemics and other types of external shocks.