On the 11th and 12th of July, East Sussex County Council held a workshop in the framework of the SuPorts project. The latter's topic was biodiversity protection in ports areas.
Several SuPorts partners attended the Workshop, including ports managers from Seine Maritime County Council (FR), Klaipeda State Seaport Authority (LT), Portos de Galicia (ES), the Corfu port authority (GR), researchers from ISPRA (IT) and ESCC experts. Various experts from other organisations also attended the event.
The workshop consisted in 2 days. The first one was dedicated to the presentation of case studies by port and ecologist experts from several cities. Newhaven port, sustainable fishing activities in Hastings, Rye harbour and natural reserve in England as well as the ports of Venice and Cagliari in Italy were the basis of these presentations.
The second day was dedicated to the visits of the Tide Mills close to Newhaven port as well as Rye harbour and the natural reserve surrounding it which gave a concrete dimension to the case studies presented the day before.
This workshop enabled very interesting debates between port managers and experts on how associate biodiversity protection and the fast-growing ports' economic activities. The need of a better stakeholders’ involvement - especially port managers, fishermen, local representatives, inhabitants, associations - in the decision-making process on this issue was also emphasized.
As a result of this workshop, the partners decided to put in common various data and interesting practices to go towards a more thorough understanding of the issues related to their port management.
To get more information about the content of the workshop, you can find the presentations given at the event on this page: http://www.seinemaritime.net/suports/workshop-on-biodiversity-in-lewes.html