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UNITWIN/WiCoP-Europe Workshop on Ports and Sustainable Coastal Development 

Following a meeting of the UNITWIN/WiCoP-Europe Management Committee in Roja (Latvia) in December 2003, an international workshop on Ports and Sustainable Coastal Development was organized and hosted by the Russian State Hydro-meteorological University, RSHU (26-28 May 2004, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation). The meeting gathered over 30 participants from 13 institutions in the five country-members of the Network, as well as UNESCO (represented by its Moscow Office) and the European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC). A variety of stakeholders were present of academic, educational, industrial, administrative and decision-making backgrounds. Students from RSHU also attended. The workshop was organized in line with the UNESCO Coastal Regions and Small Islands unit (CSI) strategy of promoting wise coastal practices for sustainable human development. 

The first day of the workshop was devoted to presentations on case-studies in Italy, Latvia, Portugal, Russia and Spain, as well as European Union for Coastal Conservation experiences (the list of presentations is given below). This was followed by two half-day round-table discussions on “Universities’ Co-operation as an Opportunity for Development of a Common Strategy in Integrated Coastal Management Training and Education” and on “Ports and Integrated Coastal Management”. On the last day of the meeting an excursion to the new oil terminal in the City of Primorsk (Eastern Gulf of Finland) was organized, so as to acquaint the participants with a variety of problems related to oil terminal operation: legal to environmental. This was followed by a meeting with the local municipal administration of the City of Primorsk and, in the afternoon, a visit to Beriozovie Island, a protected area near Primorsk. The workshop adopted a Resolution (see below).

New oil terminal in Primorsk, Eastern Gulf of Finland

High-level representatives of regional and local administrations attended the workshop. Thus demonstrating the great interest in sustainable coastal development at the decision-making level of government.  

The workshop was co-sponsored by UNESCO, RSHU and the joint stock company LENMORNIIPROECT (a St. Petersburg-based design company with experience in port construction). Financial support from LENMORNIIPROECT and RSHU made the workshop possible. 

On the 29th of  May the UNITWIN/WiCoP-Europe Management Committee met to summarize the results of the workshop and make plans for its future activities (see Minutes below).


United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Ministry of Education and Sciences of the Russian Federation
Russian State Hydrometeorological University
Joint Stock Company  “LENMORNIIPROECT”


Workshop on “Ports and Sustainable Coastal Development”

St. Petersburg, Hotel “Dunes”
26-28 May 2004

List of presentations

Resolution of the International Workshop "Ports and Sustainable Coastal Development "

St. Petersburg, 26-28 May 2004  

In cooperation with the joint stock company “LENMORNIIPROECT” (Russia) and the Moscow office of UNESCO, the Russian State Hydrometeorological University (St. Petersburg), being a partner in the UNESCO UNITWIN Network on “Wise coastal practices for sustainable human development” in Europe, organized the International Workshop "Ports and sustainable coastal development". It took place in the holiday hotel "Dunes" on the 26-28 May 2004. Participants included representatives of the collaborating universities, specialists in the field of port design and practical operation, specialists in the field of environmental protection from Italy, Portugal, Russia and Spain, as well as representatives of Russian regional and local administrative bodies. Representatives from UNESCO and the non-governmental European Union for Coastal Conservation (EUCC) also took part in the workshop. The UNITWIN meeting program included presentations, discussions and two round tables devoted to problems, arising from building and use of ports, and also a field trip to the new oil terminal in Primorsk, a fast developing port facility in the Eastern Gulf of Finland.  

The international workshop "Ports and sustainable development of the coastal zone" provided an opportunity to discuss a wide range of sustainable coastal development problems. Open discussion of actual problems related to the development of port facilities allowed exchange of experiences in: exploitation of marine transport resources, safety of port transport operations (including oil transportation), environmental impact assessment, problems related to dredging activities, dredged material disposal and beneficial use, remote monitoring of oil pollution, assessment of socio-economic impact as well as in other problems of sustainable coastal development.

The Workshop participants noted that:

UNITWIN/WiCoP-Europe Management Committee Meeting

St. Petersburg, 29 May 2004  


Alfredo Izquierdo González (University of Cadiz [UCA], Spain) (Chairman)
Maria del Carmen Casado Martinez (UCA)
Luigi Bruzzi (University of Bologna [UNIBO], Italy)
Roberta Guerra (UNIBO)
Nikolai Plink (Russian State Hydrometeorological University [RSHU], Russian Federation)
George Gogoberidze (RSHU)
Cristian Mugnai (Central Institute for Applied Marine Research [ICRAM], Italy)

The Scientific Committee of the UNITWIN/WiCoP-Europe Network met in St Petersburg on May 29th 2004.  

Representatives of the co-ordinating University (Cadiz, Spain), the University of Bologna (Italy) and the RSHU (Russia) attended the meeting. Members of the University of Aveiro (Portugal) and the University of Latvia sent their excuses for being unable to attend.

After discussion the UNITIWN network members stated the following:  

  1. On the basis of decisions taken by the previous Meeting in Roja (Latvia), a project on sustainable tourism has been prepared and submitted for the approval of UNESCO-ROSTE, Venice. Information about project approval and financing is expected by the end of June; the participants consider that a positive reaction by UNESCO will be an important signal for the development of future activities of the network.

  2. As far as the UNITWIN Network management is concerned, a need for regulating the activities was recognised: in particular, the programme and date of the next UNITWIN coordinating meeting should be fixed sufficiently in advance that all members may be represented and decisions be shared by all.

  3. The participants pointed out how important it is that the UNITWIN network develops activities focused on programs applicable to the needs of private enterprises and public institutions in such a way to get financial support from them; additional UNESCO support is expected, to disseminate knowledge and facilitate the exchange of young researchers and students.

  4. The Central Institute for Applied Marine Research of the Italian Ministry of Environment (ICRAM) was represented at the meeting by Dr. Cristian Mugnai, who made a presentation on port sustainability. ICRAM’s experience in integrated coastal management makes it a candidate for inclusion in other UNITWIN activities.

  5. As far as educational issues are concerned, it was agreed that the results of the Tempus-Tacis project “COMET” (T_JEP-10814-1999, “Development of Integrated Coastal Management Training and Education”, 1999-2002) should be recorded as an interactive educational CD-ROM on integrated coastal management (ICM). This will include contributions on specific case-studies by other partners. The European Union for Coastal Conservation will develop the final version in the form of a training tool suitable for dissemination of knowledge and as reference teaching material for university and professional training courses on ICM.

  6. A project proposal on education and curricula on integrated coastal management will be submitted under the Tempus-Tacis programme according to the deadlines of the next call (mid-December); Spanish and Russian representatives will provide a first draft of the project to be integrated with the contributions from other partners.

  7. A project proposal on dredging activities and dredged material management will be drafted as a power point document by the University of Bologna with the contributions from other UNITWIN members, as well as the “LENMORNIIPROECT” company and ICRAM. The power point presentation with the objectives and milestones of the project will be circulated among UNITWIN members, and presented to interested parties at the next UNITWIN meeting in order to collect comments and advice for the preparation of a project to be financed partly by end users (private enterprises such as SAPIR - Port of Ravenna, the Russian “LENMORNIIPROECT” company and by public institutions such as Italian and Spanish port authorities).

  8. A project proposal on forecast, monitoring, and management of oils spills will also be prepared by the Spanish partner and presented at the next UNITWIN meeting.

  9. The next UNITWIN meeting will be held in November/December 2004 at the University of Aveiro or at the University of Cadiz.



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