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Edition of 7 March 2024

 
Port City Insights: This weekly strategic monitoring service on City Port news is reserved for you as a member of the AIVP
 

After months of hard work and intense discussions, we are thrilled to announce that the call for applications for the first edition of the AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht is open for submission! You are a Port authority or a local authority of a river or a maritime port city? You have realized in the last three years a development project that contributes to the design of sustainable port cities? If so, we would like to hear from you!

 
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Weekly Features

 
Thyborøn planning to expand industrial tourism with an offshore wind turbine
 
Culture and identity
 
Thyborøn planning to expand industrial tourism with an offshore wind turbine

Danish firm Vestas is set to install a 15 MW wind turbine on the waterfront in Thyborøn. The turbine, which has been ordered by a local business, should be up and running in Q2 2024. The project has been crowdfunded by more than 2,800 sponsors. The municipal authority and residents of Lemvig (Denmark) are aiming to develop a local industrial tourism sector, enabling visitors to come and see the giant turbine with its 236 m diameter rotor.

 
Lien   Offshore Wind
Bulgaria unveils ecological restoration plan for its urban rivers
 
Biodiversity
 
Bulgaria unveils ecological restoration plan for its urban rivers

The Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water has launched an initiative to improve the health of the country’s urban rivers. The aim is to bring together institutional stakeholders including the research community, private enterprise, and the non-profit sector, to promote sustainable use of waterways. Tests have been carried out to identify major sources of pollution and areas at risk of flooding in various cities. The initiative also aims to leverage waterways’ potential to improve quality of life, with a particular focus on developing waterfront parks in Sofia, the first city to get on board with the approach. Other cities are also planning to join the initiative.

 
Lien   Ministry of Environment and Water
Madagascar improves the transparency of its fisheries sector
 
Quality food for all
 
Madagascar improves the transparency of its fisheries sector

Madagascar’s fisheries industry generates about $750 million annually, which is 5-7% of its GDP. Recently, the Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) released Madagascar’s first fisheries transparency report, which disclosed information about large vessels’ (both foreign and domestic) quotas and modes of operation. Before the launch of the online information portal in July 2023, there was a lack of transparency in the sector. It remains difficult to disseminate information to small-scale fishers. The report was developed by a multi-stakeholder group comprising 12 organizations and institutions representing all types of fisheries. It showcases the country’s will to open up, democratize, and improve the sustainability of the fisheries sector.

 
Lien   Mongabay
Port of Tarragona starts conservation work on a Natura 2000 site
 
Biodiversity
 
Port of Tarragona starts conservation work on a Natura 2000 site

Port Tarragona (Spain) is set to commence a 12-month restoration project on the Prats of Albinyana starting in late March 2024. The work in this natural area, part of the Natura 2000 Network, aims to enhance the recovery and improvement of the natural environment. The Prats of Albinyana, spanning 37.78 hectares, holds significant environmental and landscape value. An environmental monitoring committee, comprising the port and Vila-Seca city, will oversee the project. The restoration includes building a lagoon and riverside woodland to revive wetland properties. While primarily focused on environmental aspects, the project also prioritizes preserving the Roman villa site of Calipolis and ensuring public access through paths, wildlife viewpoints, and walkways.

 
Lien   Port Tarragona
Lien   Diario del Puerto
New York targets coastal city resiliency to counter flood risks
 
Climate change
 
New York targets coastal city resiliency to counter flood risks

Projects are in development in Battery Park, Manhattan (USA), to strengthen local resiliency against climate change. The South Battery Park area is looking to become part of an integrated coastal flood control system to provide risk reduction. The Offshore Towers project is using caisson technology for land reclamation, creating new mixed-use spaces to promote urban integration, mitigate environmental impacts, optimise underwater space, and pave the way for local electricity generation.

 
Lien   Battery Park City Authority
Lien   Design boom
 

AIVP News

 
The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht: opening of the call for applications!
The AIVP Prize Antoine Rufenacht: opening of the call for applications!

The AIVP Antoine Rufenacht Prize is the only international award dedicated to port cities that have carried out an outstanding development project that contributes to improving the port city relationship. Geraldine Knatz & Carola Hein our two co-chairwoman explain why port cities should submit their projects.

 
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2024 Kickoff: Cruises & Port Cities
2024 Kickoff: Cruises & Port Cities

The Cruises & Port Cities Working Group, led by Noemi Frascella and Jose Sanchez, met on March 6 to finalize their collaborative publication, highlighting insights from 23 members since 2021. The meeting covered progress updates, an action plan for 2024, and discussions on social integration and sustainability. Future directions were explored, making the session a valuable preview of the upcoming publication.

 
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At a Glance

 
 
Sustainable mobility
 
The port of New Orleans (USA) is moving full steam ahead with modal shift, moving traffic to the river and avoiding 130,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions in 2023
Lien   Port News
 
 
Human capital
 
The port of Iquique (Chile) marks International Women’s Day with a day devoted to thinking about women’s role in port enterprise
Lien   Puerto Iquique
 
 
Climate change
 
Sierra Leone will invest $26.8 million in its Coastal Resilience Project to restore 1,500 hectares of mangrove ecosystems
Lien   Afrik21
 
 
Biodiversity
 
Canada bans bottom trawling around its only Pacific coral reef to protect the biodiversity and respect indigenous culture
Lien   Maritime Executive
 
 
Port City interface
 
Promenade in Alcudia (Spain) redeveloped for a more natural landscape
Lien   Ports de Balears
 
 
Energy transition and circular economy
 
An international organisation is being created to regulate the fast-growing civilian marine nuclear power industry, working alongside the IMO and IAEA
Lien   Splash 247
 
 
 
 

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