The unusual nature of harbours and ports—as a setting for high levels of human activity, such as shipping, industry, tourism, fishing and sometimes recreation—can complicate management efforts. Worldwide there is a movement towards sustainable development of urbanised systems, both on land and in the ocean.
For this to be effective, managers must take in to account the biological, physical, social and economic resources contained within harbours.
Management teams must possess a broad range of skills to meet this challenge and the WHP aims to contribute to the pool of knowledge and the development of young people to address the growing problems faced in managing these complex systems.
The WHP, through its USA partners, has strong links to the New York Harbour High School’s Billion Oyster project (1) and the US-Australia Virtual Environmental Partnership (2).
Furthermore, the New York University, Abu Dhabi, has state of the art infrastructure for online and remote learning through its Marine Biology Lab (3). The WHP also has a strong foundation in postgraduate teaching opportunities via its Spanish partner ‘Campus do Mar’ in Vigo, an International Campus of Excellence in marine science (4).
The aim is to strengthen these links with further partnerships in urban coastal stewardship to train young scientists and reach out to harbour users, both public and private. For more information on this workgroup.
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