The SMARTA-NET training programme is specifically designed for capacity-building and empowerment of rural communities to cope with the mobility challenges and to build their resilience by leveraging ecotourism. The training programme will be carried out locally in the national language, in selected Member States and regions.


The programme consists of the following modules:

Module 1 – Rural shared mobility solutions: The trainees shall be able to identify the solutions that better apply to their community reality and adapt these solutions according to their specificities. Participants will acquire new knowledge on shared mobility solutions which can be inspiring and motivating for creating new initiatives. 

Module 2 – Mobility and tourism cross sectoral synergies and implications: The trainees shall be able to identify mobility solutions that consider not only the resident needs but also the tourist needs as a means of ensuring resilience. Moreover, the participants will be able to consider differences in the touristic mobility demand depending on the characteristics of their site and the mobility patterns of their guests and will develop skills on how to mobilise the tourist sector to reduce the car dependency in rural areas. 

Module 3 – Sustainable Mobility Plans: The trainees shall acquire knowledge on the SUMP planning process and, especially in the way SUMP might be applied in the rural context. 

Module 4 – Funding and financing opportunities: The trainees shall be able to assess their finance needs both in terms of investment and maintenance over time. They shall become familiar with existing funding opportunities (European and national ones) to develop rural mobility solutions and non-subsidized financing alternatives, as well as being inspired to identify different funding and financing sources for the development of their mobility solutions