Transat Jacques Vabre :
Two fundamental major initiatives for the city of Le Havre are to continue their special efforts for the preservation and improvement of the environment and a standout marine and boating policy. And working with the organization of the Transat Jacques Vabre on this 2013 edition this is a logical foundation.
An ambitious marine policy
By the measure of its port activities (it is the first French port for container traffic ) and of its natural geographical situation, and benefiting from its extensive deepwater marina which is the most accessible of the Seine basin and which with 24hrs access is unaffected by the tide, Le Havre really does have everything to become the key flagship French marine venue on the Channel coast.
In 2012, the construction of a new port called "Port Vauban ," created 200 additional mooring and a mobile bridge to the north.
The continued development of Port Vauban looks forward to its second and third phases targeting 565 moorings and then looking to 2017 users in 2017.
Complementing the Port Vauban area, in order to provide a high quality service and looking to the possible environmental impact of increasing the number of berths around the city of Le Havre, a technical port area will be established out by the l’Escaut area towards the end of 2013. This technical area will encompass a lift out, wintering and cleaning area which adheres to very high environmental standards.
In addition to this project, the Communauté de l’Agglomération Havraise ( CODAH ) are setting up a marine business hotbed area on the bank of l’Escaut beside this new technical area which will house marine business and help them to flourish. And overall achieving all this will increase the interest in marine activities and sailing on Seine Basin.
Agenda 21 a new process
After one first – the development of an eco- district, the creation of a park of 17 hectares, the " Hanging Gardens ", popularising cycling and making it accessible through an action programme in 2006 and a second initiative in 2010, all built around 107 actions to fight against climate change, biodiversity and conservation, the City of Le Havre continues to hold the ongoing integration of sustainable development at the heart of its policies.
The City of Le Havre is consolidating its strategy by formalizing a new Agenda 21, one which offers a wide view of the future of the city adhering to the strapline : "Le Havre, Sustainable City."
It sets the course for the next few years along with social, cultural and urban projects in the city complementing and adding to actions already completed or in motion, and still revolving around sustainable development goals:
- Fight against global warming
- Preserve biodiversity and resources
- The well-being of each
- A city for all
- A social economy