Building resilient urban ports and harbours through globally integrated research and management

ECSA57 WHP hosted session “Keeping major urban estuaries, ports and harbours viable”


Urban estuaries, ports and harbours are focal points for human social and economic activity, growth and expansion. These dynamic environments contain important natural assets that are vulnerable to a diverse range of threats, and management is challenged by multiple development opportunities, stakeholders and user groups. This mini symposium brings together multi-disciplinary global researchers and professionals to showcase their thinking, scientific developments and innovative ideas to the areas of:

Ecosystem Understanding

  • Shifting ecosystem dynamics and drivers of change
  • Ecosystem modelling
  • Sediment, water quality and biogeochemical recycling
  • Urban wildlife: dynamics and sustainability
  • Land-Waterway-Ocean: unravelling vital linkages;

Ecosystem Modification and Management

  • Ecosystem restoration and sustainable management
  • Ecological stoichiometry
  • Habitat enhancement – using natural and artificial means
  • Biosecurity – technology and management approaches;

Integrating Social and Economic Values

  • Quantifying socio-economic and environmental values and integration into management;
  • Integrating traditional-owner knowledge into urban waterways management
  • Managing multi-stakeholder and multi-use – challenges and approaches
  • Population and generational change – developing best practice opportunities in education and engagement.