Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:00

2nd International Conference "Sustainable development of the sea-corridors and coastal waters"

The project TEN ECOPORT, implemented since October 2012 with the co-financing of the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme, organised its 2nd International Conference on “Sustainable development of the sea-corridors and coastal waters” which was held on September 16th, 2014, in Varna-BULGARIA, at the Riviera Holiday Club - Riviera Beach Hotel.

The Conference was organised by the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company with the support of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

The project TEN ECOPORT highlights the importance of engaging all stakeholders related to ports in order to achieve greater efficiency in the sustainable management through cooperative efforts, which directly corresponds to the perceptions of the EC for integrated maritime policy.

The main goal of the TEN ECOPORT 2nd International Conference was to summarize the results achieved by the implementation of the TEN ECOPORT project and to prepare the future dissemination of their outcome.

In order to achieve this goal, the 2nd International Conference was structured in five (5) Panels, as follows:

Panel 1: The Integrated Maritime Policy and Environmental Port Strategy
The ports are the hub-point of the Core Regional Transport Networks, as precursors for the TEN-T comprehensive network in the South East Europe. In this direction, a great responsibility was entrusted to the port authorities: they are the authority appointed for the Control and the real application of the Environmental Management System, being the nodes that ensure the environmental sustainability of the intermodal transport networks, to them is entrust the management of the public area in which operate a lot of external enterprises that ensure the economic development of the cities and their environmental quality.

Panel 2: TEN ECOPORT Platform
The TEN ECOPORT Platform foresees the activation of education and promotion campaigns for increasing the awareness about the environmental and economic advantages of the Sustainable Management of Port networks. The project platform aims also to improve the quality, harmonize and extend the applicability of environmental system within the port areas thus providing sustainable growth in competitiveness of the ports and their equal involvement within the SEE European network. Peer education activities increase the capacity of the port authorities to provide strategies for the future of sea-transport networks that do not affect the surrounding ecosystems.

Panel 3: From Policies to the Practice
Overwhelming human pressures on coastal environment demand actions to stop ecological deterioration. A fundamental step of the project represents the implementation and relative evaluation "on situ" of the policies, guidelines, skill of working group trained and aims to provide methods and plans for identifying removing the specific critical issues, vulnerability risk and weakness of the area surrounding ports; the developing and implementing of a intelligent environmental port management and information systems using integrated technologies for environmental risk protection in order to reduce impacts on human health, biodiversity and other environmental issues. The construction of a common framework for management activities at ports (Common Model for environmentally and sustainable development of South East European ports) has become acutely necessary as a core objective in the European project TEN ECOPORT.

Panel 4: Monitoring and Process performance measures
Fostering and ensuring the sustainable development of the sea-corridors through the implementation the process performance measures, monitoring, its control system, mentoring/tutoring of Port Operators is difficult task. The difficulty is in defining the link between implemented processes and the foreseen results. The consideration makes necessary to follow up the process step by step, monitoring intermediate results and identifying the critical points in order to modify, over time, the implemented programs through a closed chain approach. In order to achieve better define the feasibility studies for implementing simulation of EMS system for the port operators it is demanded stronger involvement of stake holders and research institutes.

Panel 5: TEN ECOPORT/ECOPORT 8 and its future
In order to ensure the Sustainability and Transferability of the project activities for the future the creation of a Task Force is envisaged. This Task Force will gather all the knowledge and experienced gained within both projects, so that to continue support and offering services to ports of SEE and generally to EU organizations. This NGO will provide policy suggestions and solutions and will an independent consultant to both port authorities and European Union.

Within each Panel, both external/invited and TEN ECOPORT presentations were included. The invited presentations reflected the best experience and practices, as well as innovations related to the panel topic.


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