The Sustainable Urban Mobility in Asia (SUMA) program is made possible through the generous support of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and is a follow up to the Partnership for Sustainable Urban Transport in Asia (PSUTA) project. SUMA runs from 12 December 2006 to 30 June 2009.
SUMA is a partnership among organizations and experts who jointly implement the program. SUMA activities usually have a partner as a major proponent and the rest of the partners are expected to provide technical or logistical contribution where applicable. The SUMA partners and experts include the Asian Development Bank (ADB), CAI-Asia Center, German Agency for Technical Cooperation (GTZ) – Sustainable Urban Transport Project (SUTP), Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), Interface for Cycling Expertise (I-CE), United Nations Center for Regional Development (UNCRD), World Resources Institute Center for Sustainable Transportation (EMBARQ), CAI-Asia Local Networks, Christopher Cherry and Marie Thynell. The SUMA activities are coordinated by CAI-Asia Center, with support from ADB.
SUMA works with Asian countries and cities to strengthen the formulation and implementation of sustainable urban transportation and air quality management policies. SUMA aims to improve urban air quality , improve road safety, and reduce transport’s contribution to climate change.
SUMA is implemented through six interlinked components: knowledge management; capacity building; policy formulation and lobbying; networking; pilot programs and projects; and project management. SUMA will deliver studies, a policy action plan, training, conferences, pilot projects, news digests, and a contact directory on sustainable urban transportation. Its special focus areas include social impacts of transportation, bus rapid transit, non-motorized transportation, electric bicycles, motorized 2-3 wheelers, transportation demand management and fiscal measures.
The main locations where SUMA works directly are People’s Republic of China, India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, but the knowledge products from SUMA will be disseminated throughout the region and online.
For a full description of SUMA, refer to the SUMA program document.