Online debate about port city heritage organized by Venice Port

 Culture and identity 

In the framework of the European Project REMEMBER, the port of Venice is organizing an online event on the 24th of November at 10:00 (CET) entitled “Cultural heritage as a driver of port cities’ sustainable development”. This online talk, will include the intervention of the Special Commissioner of Venice Port, Mr Pino Musolino, UNESCO’s assistant director, Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramírez; Prof. Carola Hein and AIVP’s International Project Manager José M P Sánchez to share ideas about Port Centers. The project REMEMBER is focused on making natural and cultural heritage a leverage for sustainable and more balanced territorial development. Several AIVP members are involved, including the ports of Venice, Trieste and Dubrovnik.

➜ Adrijotalks, REMEMBER

The quest for innovation of the Port of Algeciras, member of AIVP, rewarded by a European prize

 Human capital 

The 2020 edition of the ESPO awards for social integration of ports focused on innovation strategies and capacity of ports to attract start-ups into its ecosystem. The online award ceremony took place last week, recognizing the good work done by the Port of Algeciras (Spain), particularly the “the Innovation Journey” project. This project is part of a broader innovation strategy that will help the port to exceed its traditional roles as a landlord, and turn it into a business and efficiency partner. It will contribute to the port-city relationship, by creating new jobs for the local population. This broader strategy is complemented with a physical facility that will include a Port Center.

The other 3 finalists were the Port of Amsterdam (The Netherlands), Puertos del Estado (Spain) and Port of Lisbon (Portugal), all AIVP members as well. Their projects included respectively the Prodock, an innovation hub focused on circular economy, the Ports 4.0 Fund, a national program to foster open innovation in the port-logistics ecosystem and the Ocean Campus, an ambitious plan for the waterfront creating an ecosystem of excellence in RD&I, bringing together researchers, entrepreneurs, main companies, academics and experts in the sea-related field.
AIVP was part of the jury evaluating the project, as it has been since the first edition of the award.

Port of Algeciras, ESPO

Supporting young talents for a more sustainable future

 Human capital 

Port and city need to work together to provide career opportunities and facilities for local talents and students. In the case of Dakar (Senegal), the port and the city are working together with national institutions and NGOs in a new project to rehabilitate local middle-schools and reforest green spaces. However, providing schools is only part of the way. The work of young talents can be also a valuable resource for the port, as it is visible in the port of Helsinki (PDF). In the Finnish case, the master thesis of a young student will help the port to reduce the carbon footprint of its procurements. The research was done under the guidance of the port authority and the end result is a practical guide for assessing procurement processes, introducing a stronger sustainability perspective.

Port of Dakar, Port of Helsinki (PDF)