FABIO



FABIO is working under the UN-Habitats Sustainable Transport Action Network (SUSTRAN) to advocate for sustainable transport solutions. The Project in focusing on reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by the increased demand for mobility in many African countries. The increasing urbanization and motorization of African cities pose a big challenge to sustainable development. Facing this challenge, we are advocating for two powerful tools: Non Motorized Transport and Mass Public Transport. Non Motorized Transport, or "Active Transport" includes mainly walking and cycling. Improving these structures is very cost-effective and will impact very positively on the alarming traffic situation in Ugandas urban centers, especially Kampala. The existing infrastructure forces people to use Matatu-Minibuses, Motorcycles or private cars which congests the roads and makes Active Transport unattractive and dangerous. But also in rural areas, appropriate NMT Infrastructure will increase the accessibility to social services and is therefor a key to poverty eradication. FABIO and UNEP have therefore advocated and developed a national NMT- Policy which provides guidelines for the integration of Active Transport in the country's transport system and which has been implemented on a pilot basis by FABIO. Secondly, we are working towards an integrated Mass Public Transport system for Kampala. SUSTRAN is focusing on an Bus Rapid Transit system (BRT), which has been successfully implemented in several developing countries. The BRT is a Bus service with dedicated lanes and stations for the buses. This ensures the system to operate similar to a rail-based system, but the implementation costs are much lower. So far, a pilot project with two BRT corridors along Jinja-Kampala road and Entebbe road is planned. Besides BRT, FABIO is advocating for a urban ropeway system. The Idea of having a ropeway as urban means of transport seems to be weird, but especially in Latin Americas fast growing cities, these systems have been implemented successfully. Urban ropeway systems can be build in a short time and with little impact on existing infrastructure.