Towards Integrated Territorial Investment Strategies for Ports and their local communities' - Brixham

On 9th April 2014, Torbay hosted the crossborder workshop “Towards integrated territorial investment strategies for ports and their local communities” in conjunction with the South Regional Ports Association Annual General Meeting. The conference was attended by over 65 participants from across the South West of England and provided FLIP partners with an opportunity to discuss the importance of small and medium sized ports being at the heart of the local communities regeneration strategy. Opening the conference Gordon Oliver, Mayor of Torbay, welcomed participants to Brixham and underlined the importance of cooperation in bringing new ideas that can stimulate the regeneration of coastal communities like Torbay. David Whitehead, from the British Ports Association, gave an update on EU ports policy. This was followed by three keynote speakers gave a detailed insight into European Funding and the new funding opportunities for Channel ports 2014-2020. The final speaker, Adam Littlejohn, from the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, spoke about the challenges facing the UK in its coastal areas with a rapidly ageing maritime infrastructure and how to meet the demands of the next 50 to 100 years. Andrei Kuznetsov spoke finally about his Port Sustainability Management System that is based upon knowledge, awareness and understanding of sustainability in each port. The model is based upon the needs and concerns of ports and forms an internal strategic tool that can help appraise sustainability practices in a small & medium sized port.