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SEI Report Recommends Linking Sustainable Transport and Poverty Eradication Policies in SSA

24 October 2012: The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has released a new report, titled "Transport and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa," which analyses key transport and environment problems in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and offers policy recommendations.

The report addresses current problems in the areas of air pollution, road safety, traffic flow management, transport and equity, and climate change. The report recommends transport policies be integrated with poverty eradication policies and ensure these policies are reinforcing one another. The report also notes the need for, inter alia: urban air quality data and monitoring; awareness-raising and behavioral changes to increase road safety and traffic flows; fair pricing of and improved access to transportation; and an "avoid, shift, improve" strategy to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including urban planning to discourage car use, shifting transport demand from cars to public transport, and improving the fuel efficiency of fossil fuel vehicles.

The report is an output of the TEST network, which is comprised of members in South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe and Zambia, who work in partnership with SEI and the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST). [SEI Press Release] [Publication: Transport and Environment in Sub-Saharan Africa] [Publication: Executive Summary]