The AUTREMENT project


Urban Territorial Development to Reinvent Mobility and Engage Tunisians

Budget : 2 942 207 EUR
95% co-financed by the European Union

Start of the project : 01/06/20

Duration: : 30 months

UTDRMET project : promoting active and sustainable mobility through concertation with citizens

Five years after the start of the partnership between Strasbourg, France and Kairouan, Tunisia cities, the UTDRMET project of decentralized cooperation, which involves the Tunisian city of Mahdia as well, has been launched on the 1st of June 2020 for a duration of 30 months.

Its raison to be ? To make of the Kairouan and Mahdia cities prototypes in Tunisia and beyond, in terms of active mobility, citizen participation and local democracy, mainly thanks to the recognized experience and expertise of the city and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, leader of the project.In order to support its implementation, the UTDRMET benefits also from the expertise of its three technical partners: The European Association for Local Democracy (EALD) which can also lean on the Tunisian Local Democracy Agency (LDA) which it created in 2017, the Cooperation for the Development and Amelioration of Urban and Peri-urban Transportation (CDAUPT), and the Studies and Expertise Center on Risks, the Environment, Mobility and Planning (SECREMP).

Objectives of the UTDRMET project


The goal of the UTDRMET project is to promote sustainable urban development in Kairouan and Mahdia; thus improving life quality of the inhabitants and consolidating the economic and touristic attraction of the two cities. The project revolves around the two corner stones: developing active mobility, primarily biking, through the establishment of dedicated layout, and enhancing citizen participation in local governance.

The UTDRMET project’s approach

Tactical Urbanism, or “experiment, assess, decide”

The UTDRMET project embraces a new innovating approach to think and plan the city, called “tactical urbanism”, which consists of co-constructing light plans (also known as “micro-projects”) that are cost-effective, easy, and quick to implement, while involving citizens, civil society and other concerned actors from the two cities. This participatory approach is supposed to be more efficient and effective because it allows not only to assess, adjust and possibly reuse these plans (depending on the feedback and recommendations of the citizens), but also to engage and mobilize the inhabitants as active actors in their city.

For more information on tactical urbanism and to consult concrete examples, click here (resource to add).

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