The Region of Murcia proposes at the EU Coastal Cities Forum to create a ‘Bank of Good Practices’ for more sustainable ports

Miguélez gave as an example the investment made in the Port of Cartagena and the Carmolí Masterplan project in his speech at the international summit on the protection of the oceans held in France.

The regional government continues to work to make the ecological transition a reality in the ports of the Region of Murcia and this is what the Regional Minister for Enterprise, Employment, Universities and Spokesperson, Valle Miguélez, defended last Friday during her speech at the Coastal Cities Forum of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR) of the European Union, in her capacity as Vice-President for Transport and Accessibility of this body.

At this meeting, which is being held within the framework of the One Ocean Summit in Brest (France), which is taking place this week during the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Miguélez proposed to the other European regions to share in a ‘Bank of Good Practices’ “the actions that the peripheral and maritime regions are developing, which will help us to advance in the successful initiatives already undertaken, as well as to establish the funding needs to carry them out”.

She also highlighted some of the challenges facing the ports “to contribute to the fight against climate change and adapt to its effects, but also to connect to the land transport network, to reindustrialise and to decontaminate port areas that have hosted highly polluting activities in the past”.

In this sense, the Councillor gave some examples of the investments made in the port of the city of Cartagena, where “environmentally responsible measures have been taken over the last few years with the aim of making it a reference in sustainability within the Spanish port system”. He explained the Cartagena Sustainable Port initiative, which includes an investment of more than 230 million euros to combat climate change and a series of actions to reduce and offset almost one million tonnes of CO2.

She also highlighted the implementation of the ‘Strategic lines for the development of sustainable ports’, which aim to ensure that the ports of the Region of Murcia are efficient, sustainable and reduce polluting emissions, in line with the SDG objectives.

The Councillor for Enterprise also took advantage of her speech to underline that the Region of Murcia is working on the Carmolí Masterplan Project, “a space of high ecological value that we are going to renaturalise to enhance its environmental singularities, with a double objective: to be appreciated and enjoyed by society and to become an element of protection for the Mar Menor”.

Councillor Valle Miguélez’s visit to Brest also included a parallel agenda to the Coastal Cities Forum. Among other meetings, Miguélez had the opportunity to learn about the work being carried out at the Technopole Brest-Iroise Technology Centre during a meeting with the director of this organisation. This is a non-profit organisation with 200 members that works for regional economic development through innovation.

 

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