17th World Conference of the AIVP
Thanks to the total of 350 participants who assisted to the 17th World Conference of the AIVP, which took place in Tangier, Morocco and was centered around the theme “Inspiring Blue Futures”. We also thank our partners – SAPT and Marina - and the official sponsors – SMIT - Moroccan Agency for Tourism Development, Tanger Med Port Authority, Agence Nationale des Ports (ANP), Agence pour la Promotion et le développement du Nord, and Centre Régional d'Investissement de la Région de Tanger - Tétouan - Al Hoceima. Through the concept of "Inspiring Blue Futures", the AIVP intended to underline the role of primary importance that port cities have to play in this mission and on crucial issues for the future of our societies, our economy and our environment. At this conference, we saw that Blue Futures are made up of innovative solutions for the decarbonization of supply chains and port cities, and that we must focus on alternative fuels and the electrification of infrastructures, marine renewable energies, digitalization or even carbon capture in the marine environment (the best carbon sinks are wetlands and the sea bed). We also ascertained that new approaches need to be developed in natural habitat restoration, sustainable coastal tourism or food systems, including aquaculture and sustainable fishing.
Tangiers: the reconversion of the port is accelerating
The works for the reconversion project for historic port of Tangier began in 2011. The site is located in the city centre, next to the Medina, and considered a unique opportunity to put City-Port relations on a new footing while making Tangiers more attractive to international travellers. We wanted to know more by discussing with Driss Benabad, Project Director at SAPT - the development corporation in charge of the port zone reconversion of Tanger Ville.
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