The online survey is only the latest step on a broader consultation process started in 2016. The Port of Halifax has since discussed and presented the different options to structure its growth, profiting form the expansions of containerized cargo. In the website created for the online consultation, citizens can get first hand information on the different alternatives and take the survey to express their opinion and preferences. Besides information about the planning alternatives, the website also includes didactic material and port terminology to help locals to understand what is been discussed, so they can give a well educated opinion. AIVP has supported this kind of processes, particularly linked to Port Centers. The case of Halifax resonates with goal 4 of AIVP Agenda 2030: Promoting a renewed governance approach.
In the past week, the Port Authority of Venice has showed an extraordinary engagement with younger generations, in initiatives raging from play days to theater groups and plastic recycling. The playday 2019 was the final event of a broader port community project for. In this years’ edition, the port authority created a “Venice port square” with several workshops for children to get to know the port. Other partners included disabled sport organizations a local stakeholders. Additionally, a high-school students’ theater group won an award for their interpretation of Otello in the port. Italian ports have shown an increasing sensibility to societal engagement, also visible in the agenda of the ports Trieste, Livorno, Genoa or Naples.