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Observatory Cities and Port of the Indian Ocean… two years on

webmaster21 June 2012

Interview : Wilfrid Bertile, Président, Observatoire Villes Ports Océan Indien, La Réunion

(13th World Conference Cities and Ports – 21/06/2012)

AIVP: From a geo-strategic point of view, what makes the Indian Ocean a specific territory today?

W. Bertile: There are more than 2 billion people living in the 50-odd countries which border the Indian Ocean. In addition to this demographic and political weight, it has a vital role as a transit route. On the northern edge of the ocean, the Gulf States produce 30% of the world’s oil. From there, two thirds of the world’s oil traffic plies west, to Africa and Europe, and east, especially to India, China and Japan. This ocean is also the route for traffic between southern Asia and eastern Europe. Each year half of the world’s container fleet and one third of all bulk carriers cross the Indian Ocean.Security throughout the ocean, and especially its access routes through the strategic straits of Bab el Mandeb (Red Sea) and Malacca (Malaysia), as well as round the Cape, is of vital importance. That is why the United States maintains bases in Bahrain for the VIIth Fleet and in Diego Garcia right in the centre of the ocean. France is present in Djibouti and in the south-west of the Indian Ocean. China depends on a string of bases in the north of the ocean to secure its oil supply, and India deploys forces there for the same reason and to contain Pakistan’s influence.

City – port: 20 years after, a new challenge

webmaster18 June 2012

For a long time the question of the wastelands born from the relocation of the activities of the port, above all touched the waterfronts by the development of the city in place of the port. The environmental issue and economic development came to impose the necessity for an overall vision of the port community with all the challenges connected with “building the city with the port”. The economic crisis of 2008 and the challenges of climate change now place the port cities in the front line of a new model of sustainable and responsible growth. It is this trajectory which is retraced here, and which leads to this New Era of the Port placed at the centre of the debates and discussions of the 13th World Conference of AIVP: an urban, entrepreneurial and citizen port.

Note de synthèse Isemar (FR)
13th World Conference AIVP

Case study : Port Louis player in the Indian Ocean

webmaster29 February 2012

Case study
Port Louis, player in the Indian Ocean

In the context of the case studies which we carry out on the port cities of the AIVP network, we propose to you today to discover our latest number dedicated to Port Louis (Mauritius).

The port of Port Louis, which handles 99% of the foreign trade of the country, obviously plays a major role. In fact Mauritius Ports Authority are displaying optimism and the port found an upwards trend in 2010. The investments and projects undertaken over the last decade are thus bearing fruit. If the port wish to comfort their asserted ambition to become a transhipment hub, it will be necessary to develop additional capacities. The Port have thus ordered a masterplan in order to study the various options possible, and notably the compatibility between port functions and urban utilisations which could also be installed with the so-called Neotown project in a bordering zone.

This service is reserved for AIVP members, rendez vous on http://casestudies.aivp.org

«Urban Waterfronts 2011», 30 years of urban waterfront

webmaster13 December 2011

To give back access to the water to the community and to create an identity for the waterfronts : two major aims underlined during the recent conference of “Waterfront Center” which was held in New York. If the Conference bore essentially on the question of public spaces and urban developments on the waterside, one of the parallel sessions also provided the occasion to rediscover a theme widely debated within AIVP, that of the “Working Waterfront”.

All presentations available on www.waterfrontcenter.org

Synthesis by AIVP : only in French

ESPO Award : the 2011 winners Ports of Stockholm

webmaster10 November 2011

The 2011 Espo Award for societal integration was awarded on Wednesday 9 November to Ports of Stockholm for their “Port vision 2015” entry.

The thematic for this year was centred on communication strategies. AIVP, like the other members of the jury were particularly interested by the quality and scope of the approach adopted by Ports of Stockholm : a multiform and multifaceted strategy specifically addressing itself to a wide variety of targets so as to make the needs and development strategy of the port understood and accepted, but also to render more visible their actions in matters of spatial and environmental integration.

It is also a satisfaction to see once again a member of AIVP a winner, and even more that it should be Stockholm whose excellent welcome reserved for us in 2008 on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of AIVP and our worldwide conference will be remembered by many.

City–Port innovations

webmaster28 September 2011

Toward integrated Port City Projects

The French Federation of Urban Planning Agencies (FNAU) have published a study which inventories the innovatory practices implemented in the port cities in order to associate the respective interests of territories, of the economic stakeholders and the “new” environmental deal. Seventy French and international initiatives have been inventoried and analysed with the help of AIVP. Four sectors are examined : economy, environment, urbanism, and governance.

Download the study – (Short version aivailable in english)

Contribution of AIVP to the Greenport Conference

webmaster20 September 2011

In the context of a collaboration initiated in 2009, AIVP have just played an active part in the sixth edition of Greenport Conference on 14 and 15 September last. This year the work of the conference had the objective of identifying solutions aimed at reducing the impacts of port and shipping activities on the natural and urban environment. On this occasion, ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation) presented the draft of their “Green Guide” bearing on the issues connected with the management of the quality of the air, of noise, of the water and of wastes, as well as the question of energy consumption and climate change.

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