ECOPORTIL – Launching Event Arta TEIEP, 22 December 2017

Launching event of TEI of Epirus for innovative methodologies for environmental protection

The Launching Event of the ECOPORTIL- Environmental Protection of Areas Surrounding Ports with Innovative Learning Tools for Legislation project was organized and held in the city of Arta, Greece, on 20th December 2017 within the “Interreg Balkan- Mediterranean 2014-2020” Transnational Cooperation Programme.

Project Lead Partner is the Technological Educational Institute of Epirus (TEIEP). The project partners are: University of the Aegean from Greece, the Bulgarian Ports Infrastructure Company, the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology – Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the Maritime Institute of Eastern Mediterranean from Cyprus and the Institute of Transport from Albania. Representatives of the partners attended the event.

The Vice Rector of TEI of Epirus, Professor, Mr. Pericles Tangas, honored with his presence the event and addressed the participants at the Launching Event.

In the opening speech Mr. Nikitakos Nikitas, Professor at the University of the Aegean, presented the green harbors, i.e. environmentally friendly ports as well as innovative models and systems that contribute to the protection of the environment of the ports and coastal areas.

Subsequently, the Assistant Professor at the University of Patras, Mr. Ierotheos Zacharias, spoke about the danger faced by the Amvrakikos Gulf ecosystem and the need for immediate protection and remediation measures and presented modern tools as well as management and prognosis measures that can be used.

The Assistant Professor at the University of Ioannina, Mr. Kalampounias Angelos in his speech, stressed the serious problem of air pollution in cities and ports. He presented the mobile laboratories that can be used for in-motion measurements and mapping of pollution as well as the immediate measures that can be taken at no cost to reduce pollutants in cities and ports.

The Doctor of Satellite and Meteorology, Mr. Kolios Stavros, talked about the role of Geographic Information Systems in the analytical study and monitoring of the natural environment.

The Launching Event was closed by the Professor at the TEI of Epirus and Project Coordinator in Greece, Mr. Stylios Chrysostomos, who presented the ECOPORTIL Project. The Project aims are to improve the environmental quality of ports and their surrounding coastal environment by supporting their sustainability, through the implementation of modern methodologies and good practices according to EU and national legislation as well as through innovative tools and methods for the training and capacity building of stakeholders in the ports and nearby coastal zones as a prevention measure of pollution and preservation of natural maritime resources.

Finally, there was a prolific debate and answers to the questions of the participants who were mainly from Port Authorities, researchers, educational staff as well as students.

The main target groups benefiting from the ECOPORTIL project will be Port Authorities, Coast guard, the transportation sector, people who are working in jobs related to port daily life affecting through many different ways the coastal environment and everyone who is interested to involve and take advantage of the Project.

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