The first issue of the newsletter of the Indian Ocean Observatory for Ports and Cities has just come out, containing a dossier on cruise ships. Based on the Observatory’s expertise, this dossier contains the key elements of a strongly growing world market.
Seminar: The reduction of sulphur emissions from ships in the English Channel and the North Sea, Dunkirk, 22nd March 2013
The Nord-Pas de Calais region, an AIVP member, and the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions of Europe (CPMR), are organising a seminar on the Directive on the sulphur content of marine fuels that has recently been adopted by the European Union.
Editorial : “Add a more human face to globalisation”
China, India, Africa, Latin America… For many years AIVP has encouraged the expansion of its worldwide network in emerging countries and supported local initiatives in port-city development. Stakeholders in development in these countries are regularly invited to AIVP’s international conferences to present their projects and raise their concerns.
There is a growing interest in AIVP’s work and new members have already joined from the southern hemisphere. There are also an increasing number of projects and research streams on the subject of port-cities: a port-city research centre in Costa Rica, port-city Observatory projects in Brazil and China, and working groups in various African associations. There is a notable interest in port-city relationships and many stakeholders seek AIVP’s expertise in this area. Naturally, AIVP’s management actively supports these advances and encourages their development through partnership agreements. Established 25 year ago, during which time AIVP has been engaged in on-going international development issues, the association draws strength from this new global dynamic and aims to help each port-city build its future and establish links with stakeholders in port and urban development worldwide. AIVP also seeks to add a more human face to globalisation by enabling stakeholders in port-cities to meet each other and talk.
Download Dock infos N°84, february 2013
General Manager of AIVP
Interview with Roger Rios Duarte, head of the national research programme on port-cities in Costa Rica (PROCIP)
A few weeks ago, AIVP signed an agreement with the Costa Rican port-city research and development program PROCIP, to promote cooperation actions between the two organisations. With coasts on both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans, Costa Rica’s ports are involved in both tourism and international trade activities. In this respect, Costa Rica is now looking to optimise its maritime and port assets. The head of PROCIP, Roger Rios Duarte, tells us more about PROCIP’s goals and the issues facing Costa Rican ports.
14th February 2013: During a meeting of the Board of Dunkirk’s maritime museum, the Musée Portuaire, the AIVP set out the concept behind the ‘Port Center’. The concept represents a programme of social integration that encourages the main stakeholders of port cities to devise more educational initiatives to raise awareness of the port, its activities and its tasks.
The World Bank – A Partner for City-Port Projects: An Interview with Marc Juhel, Sector Manager for Transport
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!
Download Dock infos N°83, october 2013
President of AIVP
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)