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Combatting mobility-related vulnerability in France

Policy Briefs N°07/2017. Iddri, 2017. 4 p.

Public and private actors from a range of different fields (environment, mobility, energy, land use planning, housing, the social sector), are coming together to address mobility-related vulnerability. They have collectively achieved a considerable understanding of the phenomenon and have even experimented with various solutions to tackle the issue, mainly at the local level. They have also begun appealing to policy-makers at different levels. What then are their expectations for upscaling these initiatives? What conditions have been met towards building a national strategy to combat mobility-related vulnerability?

 

KEY MESSAGES

  • A number of actors are involved in addressing mobility-related vulnerability at the local and national levels, tackling the issue from social, environmental or land use perspectives.
     
  • These actors agree on the complementary nature of their approaches, and on their strong willingness to work together. This demonstrates that the sector is ready for the development of a strategy to tackle mobility-related vulnerability.
     
  • These actors have achieved an advanced understanding of the phenomenon and several experiments have presented solutions at the local level.
     
  • They believe that efforts should be carried out on a local-scale and must include an array of short and medium-term solutions at the local level (energy assistance and financial aid to afflicted households, diversification of the mobility market and land use planning initiatives).
     
  • State participation is required to promote existing local initiatives and facilitate their upscaling. To do so, the government must define the issue and put it on the national political agenda, encourage regional and local stakeholders to take action, reinforce recognition of already committed actors, and further fuel the dynamic by supporting projects and pooling expertise on the issue.