Next Generation

16th World Conference
Cities and Ports

Quebec City, CANADA
June 11-14, 2018


In Quebec, let’s shape the NEXT GENERATION of port cities and answer to human aspirations




30 years
AIVP anniversary

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.

Next Generation

Port cities and human aspirations

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.

6 working topics

Residents and visitors would like better quality of life in river or marine waterfront areas. The challenge is considerable for port cities, with available land becoming more and more scarce, and sustainability an increasingly important priority. How can housing, public spaces, and urban amenities live side by side with economic activities? How can innovative mixed-use solutions be found? How can a leisure-oriented waterfront be transformed into a working waterfront for living and working in a regenerated urban environment, affirming the port city’s modernity?
Living and working in a clean and green environment is an increasingly important aspiration for city dwellers. The citizen’s legitimate right to better health, protection and respect for biodiversity, preservation of natural resources: on all of these issues, port cities can and must provide practical solutions. For residents of port cities, and for everyone, this is not just an aspiration, but an absolute necessity.
The importance of human capital is now well understood by movers and shakers. For every port city, it is a key ingredient in any medium or long term development strategy. More than ever, economic, environmental and technological changes are making the port an essential stakeholder in a constantly expanding territory. As part of an evolving professional career, citizens are asking to be involved, trained or persuaded to contribute to the vitality and vibrancy of their City Port ecosystem. New training, educational and awareness-raising resources are opening up the port to its citizens, stimulating creativity and encouraging initiative, to enhance the appeal of the City port territory.
With many citizens keen to see a move towards a lower-carbon economy that uses fewer resources, port cities are at the heart of the energy transition and a more circular industry. The development of LNG and offshore wind power are bringing new opportunities to generate added value for ports. The creation of heat networks, along with shared control of materials flows between businesses, are helping to make territories more attractive while promoting cohesion. New concepts are being trialled in new sectors of the blue economy. Faced with these major changes in the port and its partners, preparations need to be made and citizens given a role.
Online commerce, the emergence of Google, Amazon, Alibaba and other giants of the new economy, have contributed to an extraordinary acceleration in global maritime trade. Unfortunately, this often means more congestion in port cities. The ability to move easily around City Port interfaces, share infrastructures, deliver or receive packages on time and access terminals quickly is becoming a key priority, both for port workers and local residents. Faced with these substantial requirements, the range of possible solutions is widening. With changes to logistical organisations giving a greater role to river or maritime traffic, the quest for “hypermodality” is set to become a reality.
Faced with societal, economic and environmental challenges, the strategies and policies adopted by port cities today will influence their capacity for resilience and innovation in the future. That is why local stakeholders – citizens, urban planners, economic, industrial and port operators – are already adopting new forms of collaboration and governance. They should be encouraged to work together more closely and take advantage of synergies, through co-working and sharing. An inclusive approach to project creation, involving citizens, city and port working hand in hand to achieve sustainable development goals, is another way of finding the solutions needed for a resilient port city.

Key Note Speech

The rapidly changing Arctic Ocean:
a new scientific, geopolitical and economic frontier

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



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