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International Port City News

21 april 2022

 
International Port City News
 

You want to find out how we can work for sustainable Blue Futures? Come to the 17th AIVP World Conference Cities & Ports and discuss around the theme INSPIRING BLUE FUTURES from May 11 to 13, 2022 at Tangier City in Morocco. Join the various port cities already registered : Rotterdam (The Netherlands), Quebec (Canada), Genoa (Italy), Tangier (Morocco), Kribi (Cameroon), Seville (Spain), Helsinki (Finland), Marseille (France), Sines (Portugal), Algeciras (Spain), HAROPA PORT (France), Dakar (Senegal), Antwerp (Belgium), Klang (Malaysia), Bahia blanca, (Argentina), Durban (South Africa), Valparaíso (Chile)…

 
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Weekly Features

 
The Port and City of Durban stick together in the face of massive flooding
 
Climate change
 
The Port and City of Durban stick together in the face of massive flooding

With 300 mm of torrential rain falling in the space of 24 hours in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, the port city of Durban has suffered significant loss of life. The country’s main commercial port has been severely affected by this extreme climatic phenomenon. In view of the damage, the port authority Transnet, the municipality of eThekwini, the provincial government and the energy company Eskom are all working together very closely. Thanks to their coordinated collective efforts, operations were able to resume in part of the port from 14 April.

 
Lien   Splash 247
Lien   Splash 247 (bis)
Paris, Rouen, and Le Havre (France) launch a call for expressions of interest for urban river logistics on the Seine
 
Climate change
 
Paris, Rouen, and Le Havre (France) launch a call for expressions of interest for urban river logistics on the Seine

“River transport has unrivalled economic potential and environmental advantages” (CEI document, 2021). Yet 85% of freight in the Seine valley goes by road. In view of this, the Greater Paris Metropolitan Authority, the City of Paris, the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Authority, and the Le Havre Seine Metropolitan Authority, have all joined forces to launch the first CEI to develop low-carbon urban and river logistics in their territories. The application phase is open from April to June, with the results due for publication in September, and projects starting in the autumn.

 
Lien   www.paris.fr
Sponge Cities as a Climate Change Adaptation Method
 
Climate change
 
Sponge Cities as a Climate Change Adaptation Method

Arup has recently conducted a snapshot of several global cities – Auckland (New Zealand), London (UK), Mumbai (India), Nairobi (Kenya), New York (USA), Shanghai (China), and Singapore – to measure their ‘sponginess’. Spongy cities are urban areas with abundant natural areas intended to absorb rain and prevent flooding. As the latest IPCC report has warned of increased climate shocks, sponge cities are beneficial as they decrease flooding and drought risks. The vegetation and lakes can hold both excess water but also store water in dry, hot weather.

Cities can take action to increase their sponginess and natural resistance like Shenzhen (China) has. Digital mapping tools can allow cities to gauge the best use of their available space to increase resilience.

 
Lien   ARUP
Lien   Next City
Lien   AIVP
What role can African ports play in the blue economy?
 
Governance
 
What role can African ports play in the blue economy?

The African Natural Resources Centre, the African Development Bank, and various local stakeholders met on 30 March, to explore ways of integrating African ports more effectively into the blue economy.  
The participants, including representatives from the African Union Development Agency, governments, and regional bodies, agreed on the urgent need to develop national strategies on the sustainable management and use of marine and coastal resources for economic growth.  The African Union is already working on a pan-African strategy for the blue economy, which will allow measures to be deployed inclusively on a continent-wide scale. 
These issues will be central to discussions at our world conference on Tangier, from 11 to 13 May. We look forward to seeing you there! 

 
Lien   African Development Bank Group
Lien   Registration AIVP World Conference in Tangier
Trieste (Italy): An environmental protection project for the North Adriatic
 
Biodiversity
 
Trieste (Italy): An environmental protection project for the North Adriatic

“NAMIRS”, which stands for “North Adriatic Maritime Incident Response System”, is a cross-border cooperation project between Croatia, Italy, and Slovenia, aimed at limiting accidental marine pollution, such as that caused by oil spills in the North Adriatic. NAMIRS is intended to strengthen preparedness and coordination between the countries concerned, allowing a joint response. This should improve the ability to prevent and protect against the effects of such disasters. The project, which is co-funded by the EU Commission and coordinated by the Central European Initiative (CEI), was unveiled in Trieste on 31 March.  

 
Lien   The Medi Telegraph
Lien   atrac
 

AIVP News

 
Ceuta (Spain) : protection of port biodiversity
 
Biodiversity
 
Ceuta (Spain) : protection of port biodiversity

AIVP – There are areas of high ecological value, belonging to the European Natura 2000 […]

 
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Paul, Urban Affairs Officer joins the AIVP team
Paul, Urban Affairs Officer joins the AIVP team

Paul Chambriard, a second year master student at Paris School of Urban Planning has just joined AIVP for a 6-month internship until the end of September 2022. Before joining the team, he had several long experiences abroad (United States, Netherlands), obtained a degree in Geography and Spatial Planning at Sorbonne University and followed a specialization in environment as part of his training as an urban planner.

 
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At a Glance

 
Join the webinar organised by the Port of Brussels, AIVP Member, and Shayp on water monitoring and saving solutions.
Lien   sign up
 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
Port Newark (New Jersey, USA): Red Hook Container Terminals announces that its Electric Terminal Tractors have reduced CO2 emissions by 90%
Lien   Business Wire
Lien   ELK Tractors
 
 
Climate change
 
Spain: The Port Authorities of Valencia and Sevilla strengthen their collaboration on common sustainability, decarbonization, and connectivity projects
Lien   Valenciaport
 
 
Port City interface
 
La Rochelle (France): the port uses drones to inspect the condition of its major infrastructures
Lien   Sud Ouest
 
 
Human capital
 
A national port careers training centre planned for Port Mourant (Guyana)
Lien   Newsroom Guyana
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
Human capital
 
The port of Baku (Azerbaijan) has been awarded both environmental certification and health certification for its port workers
Lien   Port News
 
 
Energy transition & circular economy
 
The university of Delaware (USA) stresses the key role of port cities as support bases for offshore wind
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
 
 

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