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200 professionals discuss the sustainable growth of ports

Cartagena, 10 October 2019.- Two hundred professionals from the port and environmental sector discussed the sustainable growth of ports in the Port of Huelva and their positioning as environmentally efficient logistics nodes, within the framework of the 1st Conference on Environmental Sustainability and Port Management.

Over the two days, a total of 25 Spanish and European speakers debated the future challenges of ports. A delegation from the Port Authority of Cartagena, made up of the head of Sustainability, José Sánchez, the head of the Infrastructure division, Martín Jauregui, and the head of the Infrastructure area, Pedro Arenas, has been able to learn first-hand on how other ports face development based on the circular economy.

In addition to those responsible for the Port of Huelva (the port organising the event), among the speakers at the conference were representatives of State Ports and the Port Authorities of Valencia, A Coruña, Vigo and Seville. In addition, professional conferences have been held at the ports of Antwerp (Belgium) and Rotterdam (Holland), together with experts from the Universities of Huelva, Seville and Jaume I and heads of CSIC, SEO-Bird Life and LifeWatch, as well as the Research and Development Centre of the Engineering Corps of the United States Army and prominent members of PIANC, Working with Nature and CEDA, European and international associations of great relevance in the maritime-port sector.

The basic objective of these conferences is to share and debate issues of special relevance such as current and future regulatory aspects; environmental aspects linked to dredging, infrastructures, port operations or management of the Public Port Domain; technological developments applied to environmental management in ports; the keys to integration and compatibility between the conservation of ecological values and port development or the improvement of environmental performance in the Port Community.

The conference analysed topics such as the commitment to sustainability in the port sector, the successful experience of dredging in the Port of Rotterdam (Holland) or the challenges of sustainability in ports (technology, engineering and ecosystem services).