The World Bank is one of the specialized institutions developed under the auspices of the United Nations (UN). The World Bank is an essential partner for port cities in helping them to implement their projects, but its strategy and work in the development of city-port projects still sometimes go unrecognized. In order to find out more, the AIVP interviewed Marc Juhel at the Bank’s headquarters in Washington.
The GreenPort conference in India (March 2013, 20-22),will focus on port-city integration and the accompanying environmental problems and technologies. AIVP will be a major partner in the event, delivering a (key note) speech on how port stakeholders are communicating their strategies for environmental and social responsibility.
A two-day conference on “urban development and risks” will be held in Paris in May 2013, targeted primarily at a French audience. AIVP has been invited to share its expertise in this area by the Specialised Master’s program in “Territorial Risk Management” at the EISTI (l’Ecole Internationale des Sciences du Traitement de l’Information).
Editorial : “Let us become every day a little more players”
In an international economic climate filled with moroseness and pessimism, AIVP is distinguished by its unfailing activity and its confidence in the projects for tomorrow. Our AIVP Days seminar in Barcelona testified to this state of mind resolutely turned towards the new opportunities for the development of port cities, towards innovative projects which are making the port cities of today advanced posts of a responsible economy.
We are living a change in époque in which the questions of the management of resources and that of climate change are becoming more pressing. Nearly everywhere, projects are testifying to these new realities being taken into account by the decision makers. Undeniably, things are advancing, the movement has started. For several years already, AIVP have been putting into value these numerous initiatives of the port cities which are our future. It is also without any doubt for this reason that our worldwide network does not cease to attract new active members. In only a few decades, the world will be profoundly changed and we, stakeholders in the development of our port cities, have, today, the immense responsibility but also the immense privilege in taking part in this change. Instead of witnesses, let us become every day a little more players and let us dare!
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The presentations and debates on industrial ecology were among the most interesting areas of the 13th AIVP World Conference in June 2012. The numerous projects in progress throughout the world, in Europe, China and Korea for example, show the level of interest in this new approach to development based on a circular economy which optimises the re-use of resources and promotes a carbon-free environment. At the heart of these new strategies, cooperation and mutualisation have been the key words of the AIVP message since its creation.
Read Kate Royston (MBA AIEMA, Robbee Smole – Sustainable Business Solutions)
The Barcelona Nautical Cluster was officially launched during the AIVP Days in December 2012. The implementation of this development tool underlines the innovative dynamic of the projects proposed at the launch. Joan Alemany Llovera, Professor in economic sciences presents the principal conclusions.
9th Pan-African Port Conference
Brazzaville (Congo), 10-12 december 2012
On its three maritime facades, Africa is experiencing similar difficulties in its ports. Thus, the lack of space is often important and the challenges concerning land are becoming even more strategic when more or less legal occupations by certain populations are added. Land accesses are saturated leading to enormous difficulties for the circulation of heavy goods vehicles through the urban tissue. Attempts to regulate times have been carried out however the results obtained are not satisfactory, certain bans on circulation being even able to paralyse port working. The utilisation of rail as an alternative mode of transport is also experiencing a too slow development in many countries.
Pointe à Pitre: a new city port dimension
The widening of the Panama Canal opens an opportunity for development which the Port Autonome of Guadeloupe does not want to miss. The extension project of the Jarry container terminal should provide an answer to this. In Pointe-à-Pitre itself, the planned development of the interface between the port, the old city and the city centre is aimed both at an urban revitalisation and at a new international image, notably for the cruise market.
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The Club Territoires Maritimes of FNAU (Fédération Nationale des Agences d’Urbanisme – National Federation of Urban planning Agencies) met on 4 December 2012. The participants interested themselves in port networks and hinterland connections. The various speakers during the day enabled the importance of the role of public bodies in the structuring of European transport corridors to be understood. It is for these bodies to define a strategic vision and a suitable legislative framework; Greta Marini, in the name of AIVP, intervened on the topic of the societal integration of the ports.