With the “crossovers” theme debated in Rotterdam in October 2016, AIVP, the worldwide network of port cities, showed that new bridges are being built between cities, ports, and their partners. To mark AIVP’s 30th anniversary, in Quebec in June 2018, we invite you to explore in greater depth the challenges and solutions adopted by successful port cities.
Our societies and our environment are undergoing change at a pace and on a scale never before seen in human history. With over 80% of global trade and some nine billion tonnes of goods passing through them, port cities are set to be at the crossroads of traffic in goods, data and people for some time to come. The challenges facing those looking to shape the port cities of the future are considerable. To meet them, AIVP believes that it is increasingly vital to ensure that the strategies adopted take account of people’s aspirations. Human beings need to be restored to their rightful place as essential partners for city-port development, paving the way for the ideas and tools to enable controlled, harmonious growth.
Environmental challenges, the emergence of new skilled jobs, the diversification of activities, the rise of the blue economy, and City/Port governance, all demand more of our port cities: more collective intelligence, more respect for the planet, more flexibility, more innovation, more proximity, more transparency, more inclusiveness, more well-being…
Citizens are taking up full and active roles in the City-Port ecosystem and its daily life, as well helping to shape its future.
At 15 millions km2, the Arctic Ocean is the smallest of the 5 oceans. For at least 3.7 million years, a 2-3 m thick sea-ice pack has permanently covered the Arctic Ocean and its ancillary seas. It has dictated the evolution of unique plants and animals able to survive some of the most extreme environmental conditions on our planet. With global warming, the sea-ice cover is shrinking rapidly and the Arctic Ocean could be free of ice in summer by 2030.
From the ineluctable decline of sea ice to the transformation of arctic marine ecosystems, from the opening of new sea lanes to the mapping of the arctic seafloor, from the reconstruction of past climate to the delineation of new international boundaries, Louis Fortier summarizes the environmental, geopolitical, economic and social consequences of a seasonally ice-free Arctic Ocean. Spectacular images and videos will enable you to join the scientists on board the research icebreaker CCGS Amundsen in their quest to understand the changing Canadian Arctic. In conclusion, Louis Fortier recapitulates our efforts to curb global warming in the wake of the Paris agreement on greenhouse gases emissions.
Louis Fortier, Biologist and oceanographer, Canada
Scientific Director – Network of Centres of Excellence ArcticNet
Directeur de la science et de l’innovation – Institut Nordique du Québec, Université Laval, Quebec City