Fifth Edition ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports to Focus on Heritage
The ESPO Award on Societal Integration of Ports is entering its fifth edition this year. The Award was established in 2009 to promote innovative projects of port authorities that improve societal integration of ports, especially with the city or wider community in which they are located. In this way, the Award wants to stimulate the sustainable development of European ports and their cities.
For the 2013 competition, the theme ‘Heritage’ was chosen. Societal integration of ports also means focusing on the contemporary use and disclosure of port heritage. The public interest in heritage has increased considerably in recent years and has gained strong tourist potential. Most ports boast rich collections of industrial and other heritage, including equipment, buildings and monuments. This potential can be used in an innovative way not just to explain a port’s history, but also to make the connection with present and future development. The iconic value and contemporary use of port heritage can also be employed as a strong promotion tool.
“We warmly encourage our members to participate in this year’s competition”, says ESPO Secretary General Patrick Verhoeven, “As with previous editions, potential winners are those port authorities that excel in long-term creative thinking, foster sustainable partnerships with stakeholders and demonstrate tangible results.”
The call for proposals is now open. Project submissions must be received by the ESPO secretariat by 15 July at the latest. The fifth ESPO Award will be officially handed out during an evening ceremony which will be held on 6 November in Brussels.
The 23 projects that participated in the 2012 competition have been brought together in a brochure which can be downloaded here.
Photo: 7 November 2012: ESPO Award Ceremony at Brussels Town Hall: Santiago Garcia-Mila ESPO Chairman, Giambattista d'Aste Secretary General of the Port of Genoa and Luigi Merlo President of the Port of Genoa, Siim Kallas European Commission Vice-President
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