About this event
In Goal 4 of the AIVP Agenda 2030 we identify the key elements for a renewed port-city governance: representation, transparency, consultation and collaboration. All these are based on one thing: dialogue. However, engaging with all the different stakeholders in the port city ecosystem can be challenging. They represent different, and often opposed, interest. On top of that, citizens demand, and rightfully so, to be part of the decision-making process. The local inhabitants want their opinions to be taken into consideration. In the past, infrastructural projects may have been imposed with the argument of the greater good and the strategic importance of ports. Today, public consultation is in most cases mandatory, and the social support (also known as Social License to Operate) is practically condicio sine qua non for major projects. However, these processes are not simple, it is necessary to overcome mistrusts, fake news, rivalling ideas or political interests. The stakeholder engagement cannot then be reduced to isolated events when legally required but needs to be continuous based on long-term results.
In this webinar we will learn from innovative cases such as the ports of London in the UK and Saint John in Canada, that have established a healthy relationship both with the citizens, the institutions and the actors that form the port ecosystem. With the help from Prof. Michael Dooms, we will discuss approaches that extend beyond the port city interface, reaching the regional dimension. We will also discuss how these processes are being globally implemented and how important they are for sustainable development.
We look forward to welcoming you in this online dialogue!
To improve relations between cities and ports by promoting dialogue and cooperation.
To make people proud of their port.
OUR CITY-PORT VISION
This improvement is only made possible by giving citizens a central role in the actions taken.
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