In this sense, the “Ports towards accessibility and sustainable maritime transport in the Mediterranean” seminar, organized by the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR in the frame of the COM&CAP MarInA-Med project (Med Programme 2007-2013), and in collaboration with the Junta of Andalucía, the University of Malaga and the Port Authority of Malaga, aims at discussing several aspects of maritime transport and ports. On the one hand, the first session will outline and discuss the key role and added value of ports for EU and Med economic development through freight transport, energy connections, maritime and coastal tourism, fisheries, and other sectors, following the contributions of the Med Maritime Projects SMART-PORT, CoRINThos, and TOURMEDASSETS. On the other hand, the second session will put into perspective the environmental aspect of ports from the angle of pressures, air quality monitoring/fight against pollution and sustainable development towards the integrated concept of “smart ports”, following the contributions of the Med Maritime projects Med-IAMER, MERMAID, POSEIDON, and CAIMANs.
The overall objective of the seminar is to communicate and capitalize upon the results of the Med Maritime projects dealing with the above-mentioned themes while cross-fertilizing them through the participation of a wide range of relevant external stakeholders and experts. These exchanges will be very useful to draw-up concrete recommendations to the new Med Cooperation Programme.
Finally, two side events will take place to enhance synergies with this capitalization seminar. The working group of the Intermediterranean Commission of the CPMR on Transport and Accessibility will hold a meeting involving representatives of Mediterranean local and regional authorities to discuss accessibility issues in the Mediterranean territories. To this extent, an informative session—which all participants are welcome to attend—will also be held in order to raise awareness among the different stakeholders on the extent to which the improvement of accessibility in the whole Mediterranean basin could contribute to strengthening the impacts of multimodal and sustainable maritime transport in the socio-economic development of the area.