MAMBA (Maximizing Mobility and Accessibility in Regions Affected by Demographic Change):
With decreasing and ageing populations in many rural parts of the Baltic Sea Region, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain public transport and other services that depend on mobility, such as care at home and home deliveries. Ageing populations, outward migration, unfavourable economic conditions and strained municipal budgets are pulling many remote regions all over Europe into a self-perpetuating “circle of decline” that has a negative impact on the quality of life. Looking more closely, however, there is ample hidden potential just waiting to be developed – in the form of existing social networks, resources and infrastructure. MAMBA aims to meet this challenge by promoting and developing sustainable “people-to-service” and “service-to-people” mobility solutions in rural areas. Ultimately, MAMBA showcases how small interventions – based on creativity, innovation, commitment and passion – can effect change and counteract this (vicious) circle.

MAMBA co-created more than 13 mobility and accessibility interventions in remote areas, engaging local stakeholders in towns and villages throughout the Baltic Sea region. This includes, for example, the first-ever rural Transport-on-Demand service in Latvia, a social counselling scheme for the German island Hallig Hooge, or a rural co-working pilot project in Southern Sweden.
In addition, MAMBA published a handbook to empower citizens and initiatives to take action in their own mobility matters (A Guide to Collaborative Mobility Solutions in Rural Areas), a showcase of all MAMBA interventions (Mobility for All in Rural Areas) and a Policy Brief to advance the cause of rural mobility and accessibility in Europe.

MAMBA project website
MAMBA Database of good practice mobility examples
MAMBA Products

2017 – 2020

Funding Programme: Interreg Baltic Sea Region
Lead Partner: Diaconie of Schleswig Holstein, Germany, Nicole Rönnspieß (Email)