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Tuesday, 25 June 2013 07:01

Dubrovnik, CROATIA - 27 & 28 June 2013: 3rd PSC meeting

The activities of the European Project TEN ECOPORT on the South-Eastern ports go on
Common and shared interventions in favor of the environmental protection of the ports of seven Mediterranean Countries
 
While the preparations for the accession of the Croatia to the European Union of the 28 on July 1st are in full swing, the European project TEN ECOPORT, with a budget of 2,3 million euros co-funded by the South East Europe Transnational Cooperation Programme (SEE Programme), has already disclosed some key-concepts that are about to be discussed and fully developed during the project meeting in Dubrovnik on June 27th and 28th.
 
The Project TEN ECOPORT, which involving 16 partners, Port Authorities and research Institutes, from seven countries, is coordinated by the Polytechnic of Bari, was launched last December in Bari and started its activities related to the solution of common problems connected to the environment and its protection, in order to define common rules to manage the environment in the port areas of the Adriatic, Ionian and Black Seas.
 
The TEN ECOPORT activities developed during the last months will be discussed in the meetings that will be held next week, on June 27-28, in Croatia. The results of the activities carried out by ports will be examined, with a view to define the appropriate interventions to be activated during the project life-cycle. What is considered of great importance at this point and will be presented is the valuable feedback that the ports had by their stakeholders, feedback that the ports received during round-table discussions organized so far.
 
Another important issue to be discussed is the theme of the protection of the historical buildings located inside the port areas. Concerning this, it is necessary to underline the presence of prestigious historical buildings in almost all european commercial ports (for instance, the core of the port of Bari goes back to the Bourbon period). Two researchers from the Polytechnic of Bari, Prof. De Tommasi and Prof. Fatiguso, developed a survey form for the aforementioned buildings and the problems connected with their coexistence with the port activities which could compromise their survival.
 
Moreover, during the TEN ECOPORT meetings in Dubrovnik, the Levante Port Authority will present and launch a very intriguing new episode of the videogame ECOWARRIORS. This episode is entitled Mission EcoPort and was created with the help and remarkable contribution of the students of a secondary school located in a suburban area of the city of Bari, in order to become an alternative communication, dissemination and sensitization tool of the sustainable activities developed in the port of Bari, with the goal to reach the broad target group of young people who will have the opportunity to play it without any cost via internet.
 
"The upcoming meeting in Dubrovnik, states Prof. Leonardo Damiani, TEN ECOPORT project manager, is part of the coordination activities of the project, and its agenda proves the excellent job performed by the partners, respecting the project forecasts as regards both the technical activities, as well as those of involvement of all entities participating in various ways to the processes of environmental protection. The work done is also valuable for the improvement of the processes of co-operation between European countries and candidates. It is not a coincidence that the meeting will be held in Croatia on the eve of its accession to the EU.
 
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