The Secretary-General of Atlantic Cities, Tamara Espiñeira, participated in the workshop “The Atlantic from space” proposed by the European Space Agency (ESA), which took place in Southampton, United Kingdom from January 23 to 25, 2019.
Her speech was framed in the debate panel on maritime transport and port development. The Secretary-General highlighted the common challenges between the European Space Agency and Atlantic Cities regarding climate change, demographic changes, the complex geographical position between the blue banana and the rest of the world and the lack of contactability between cities.
In this regard, the Secretary-General insisted on the need for a coherent transport system in the Atlantic Arc, as evidenced by the position paper of the Executive Bureau that was also presented.
As recommendations, Tamara Espiñeira stressed that the success of any strategy depends on how well citizens are involved in the activities, since it is expected that by 2050, 80% of the population will be urban.
The Atlantic Cities network works so that the interests of its members are taken into account by key organizations such as the European Space Agency. If you want to know more, or if your city wishes to join, do not hesitate to contact our secretariat.