Sustainable ports in Africa - Creating a Blueprint for Sustainable Ports


Sustainable ports in Africa - Creating a Blueprint for Sustainable Ports

The Delft University of Technology and the University of Ghana are collaborating in a research project “Integrated and Sustainable Ports in an African Context” initiated in May 2016. Together with the team of Prof Kwasi Appeaning Addo of the Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences, they have undertaken a stakeholder workshop in February 2017 and have initiated a number of masters of Science degrees on port related topics.

The project incorporates an integrated approach to port design that is stakeholder-inclusive and encompasses engineering, ecological, economic and governance aspects. A bottom-up approach is employed, with research in all four disciplines directed at relevant and practical cases in Africa.

The aim of this project is to develop a framework and tools for designing integrated and sustainable ports in Africa in which environmental, economic and public benefits are balanced. Additional deliverables of the project are ‘Best practice guidelines for implementing integrated and sustainable port development in Africa’ and an international 'Sustainable Ports Africa network', a community of researchers and private sector practitioners.


SUSTAINABLE BUILD: Maintaining the marine ecology in and around a port is of the utmost importance; this contributes to biodiversity, provides ecosystem services, and facilitates port development

BENEFITTING THE COMMUNITY: The communities around the port participate in creating a port blueprint; including this local knowledge ensures that they derive sustainable benefits from port development.

EXPERT INPUT: Applied research and knowledge institutes, practitioners and potential users collaborate as partners in this project; this is invaluable for research and knowledge development.

At present, Dr. Baukje Kothuis and Prof. Jill Slinger of the Delft University of Technology are collating impressions of what it means for a port to be sustainable in the eyes of Ghanaian dignitaries, local residents and local and international scientists. To complete this task and produce a booklet containing these impressions.


Technical University Delft (TUDelft), Wageningen University (WUR), IMARES, University of Ghana, UNESCO-IHE, Netherlands-African Business Council (NABC), Boskalis, Deltares, Ghana Netherlands Business and Culture Council (GNBCC), CWT, DAMEN, DeepBV, FMO, MTBS, IHCMerwede, VanOord, STC, Port of Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU), World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

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