The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference “Navigating the Way Forward” that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference.

The opening ceremony celebrated the Azores as the first archipelago to be certified as a sustainable destination by EarthCheck. “It is with great proud that today we can say that the Azores are certified as a sustainable tourist destination,” said Ms. Marta Guerreiro , Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism (in the photo below). “We are the first and only archipelago in the world to have this certification. We are the only region in Portugal with this certification. It was 2 years of hard work, not always visible, and dedication to fulfill a commitment to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination.”

The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.

The Conference themes were: (A) Sustainable Destination Management; (B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products; and (C) Tourism Response to Climate Change.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.

The Azores was host of the MarSP Final Conference this 6th December, in São Miguel island – Azores, with the organization of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT),one of MARSP partners.

The final conference aims to share the key outcomes and milestones while providing an overall approach of Maritime Spatial Planning at a Regional, European and International scale.

MARSP has 9 partners, having FRCT as the project coordinator. From those partners there are other 3 that are from Outermost regions, as the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (Azores – Portugal), the Regional Secretariat of the Environment – Regional Directorate of Spatial Planning (Madeira- Portugal) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canárias – Espanha).

The MarSP partners presented the Macaronesia’s currents conditions and constraints, as well as the potential marine uses, MSP Roadmaps and implementation guidelines, MSP Platforms, tools for regional Cross-border cooperation and even a special focus on the MarSP Stakeholder Engagement Processes.

The Regional Secretary of the Sea, Science and Technology in Azores, Gui Menezes (in the photo below), who spoke at the opening session of the final conference of the ‘MarSP’ project, stressed that in recent years “the Region has compiled geographic information about marine space and developed a Geographic Information System applied to the sea”, as well as “exploratory technical work on coherent and consistent maritime spatial planning methodologies”.

All planners, researchers and communicators were invited to share insights and initiatives on MSP related issues. This conference was also a chance to promote projects, find new partners and get together MSP experts and stakeholders.

The Ponta Delgada Campus of the University of the Azores receives, from October 14 to 18, the 5th edition of the HoraProg@UAc.

The event takes place annually at the UAc, since 2015, is included in the European Commission’s initiative codeweek.eu and is intended for students and teachers of all teaching cycles, including higher education.

In the previous edition, more than 1,200 students from 19 schools from four municipalities on São Miguel Island participated in the HoraProg@UAc.
Over the five days, seven workshops are prepared: AppInventor, Arduino, Python, Lego Mindstorm Robots, Blender, Networks and Communications and Scratch that take place in five sessions from 09:00 to 4:00 pm.

The organization of HoraProg@UAc 2019 is in charge of the Center for Research and Development in e-Health (NIDeS) and the UAc Informr’s Student Center (NESTI) and has the support of the Regional Government of the Azores, the Ponta Delgada City Council, GlobalEDA, CIVILA, ExpoLab, PROBOT and CerealGames.

The lecture “Tools and practices in the development and publication of Application Programming Interface (APIs) with PHP” is organized in the scope of the “Innovation & Development” colloquium promoted by the American Corner of the University of the Azores (UAc), and it took place on November 8, at 2:30 p.m., at the UAc.

The lecture is open to the community and aims at professionals, researchers and students who are interested in exploring the tools and practices used in the development of APIs implemented with the PHP programming language.

The speaker, Mestre Tito Costa, alumnus of the Faculty of Science sums and Technology of UAc – IT area, currently serves as Senior Software Engineer at Speakap (https://www.speakap.com), in Amsterdam, and has performed major roles in several companies in Portugal, in United Kingdom and in the Netherlands.

This lecture is part of a set of colloquias, which will take place on November 7 and 8, involving students, teachers and researchers. With these actions, we intend to strengthen relations and promote scientific networks with top professionals and researchers, whose initial training was acquired at the University of the Azores.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Water and energy are the issues of this millennium.

This conference on desalination for the environment will be devoted to advances towards providing fresh water for all, at affordable cost and at economical energy requirements. With limited and depleting natural sources, desalination can supplement some of the critically lacking amounts of water needed for sustainable development.

Its place in the water cycle will be discussed. The conference will overview the most recent developments in desalination technology, its cost and extent of application, including socio-economic and environmental issues.

It will bring together research scientists, decision makers, managers, design engineers and operators from water companies, industries, government departments, consulting firms, research institutes and universities.

The place of industry, research and government decision making in this booming market will be addressed.

Why and how desalination should be integrated into the national or regional water management plans, ensuring socio- economic and environmental benefits, will be the focal point of the conference.

source :https://www.desline.com/congress/laspalmas2020/home.html

Water and energy are the issues of this millennium.

This conference on desalination for the environment will be devoted to advances towards providing fresh water for all, at affordable cost and at economical energy requirements. With limited and depleting natural sources, desalination can supplement some of the critically lacking amounts of water needed for sustainable development.

Its place in the water cycle will be discussed. The conference will overview the most recent developments in desalination technology, its cost and extent of application, including socio-economic and environmental issues.

It will bring together research scientists, decision makers, managers, design engineers and operators from water companies, industries, government departments, consulting firms, research institutes and universities.

The place of industry, research and government decision making in this booming market will be addressed.

Why and how desalination should be integrated into the national or regional water management plans, ensuring socio- economic and environmental benefits, will be the focal point of the conference.

The GSTC 2019 Global Sustainable Tourism Conference “Navigating the Way Forward” that took place on December 4th-7th in Terceira Island, the Azores, brought together 250 delegates from 42 countries, along with hundreds of viewers that watched the live broadcasting of the conference.

The opening ceremony celebrated the Azores as the first archipelago to be certified as a sustainable destination by EarthCheck. “It is with great proud that today we can say that the Azores are certified as a sustainable tourist destination,” said Ms. Marta Guerreiro , Regional Secretary of Energy, Environment and Tourism (in the photo below). “We are the first and only archipelago in the world to have this certification. We are the only region in Portugal with this certification. It was 2 years of hard work, not always visible, and dedication to fulfill a commitment to certify the Azores as a sustainable tourist destination.”

The GSTC Annual Congress is one of the largest international events on sustainable development and brings together many countries at a time of sharing, debate and reflection, not only on this issue at international level, but especially at regional and national level and in this case, taking into account the certification process of the Azores as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, a distinction granted by the certification entity EarthCheck.

The Conference themes were: (A) Sustainable Destination Management; (B) Market Opportunities and Challenges for Sustainable Products; and (C) Tourism Response to Climate Change.

The Global Sustainable Tourism Council is an independent and neutral non-governmental organization that brings together United Nations agencies, NGOs, national and regional governments, DMCs, hotels, tour operators, people and communities striving to achieve sustainable tourism best practices.

The Azores was host of the MarSP Final Conference this 6th December, in São Miguel island – Azores, with the organization of the Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT),one of MARSP partners.

The final conference aims to share the key outcomes and milestones while providing an overall approach of Maritime Spatial Planning at a Regional, European and International scale.

MARSP has 9 partners, having FRCT as the project coordinator. From those partners there are other 3 that are from Outermost regions, as the Regional Directorate for Sea Affairs (Azores – Portugal), the Regional Secretariat of the Environment – Regional Directorate of Spatial Planning (Madeira- Portugal) and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Canárias – Espanha).

The MarSP partners presented the Macaronesia’s currents conditions and constraints, as well as the potential marine uses, MSP Roadmaps and implementation guidelines, MSP Platforms, tools for regional Cross-border cooperation and even a special focus on the MarSP Stakeholder Engagement Processes.

The Regional Secretary of the Sea, Science and Technology in Azores, Gui Menezes (in the photo below), who spoke at the opening session of the final conference of the ‘MarSP’ project, stressed that in recent years “the Region has compiled geographic information about marine space and developed a Geographic Information System applied to the sea”, as well as “exploratory technical work on coherent and consistent maritime spatial planning methodologies”.

All planners, researchers and communicators were invited to share insights and initiatives on MSP related issues. This conference was also a chance to promote projects, find new partners and get together MSP experts and stakeholders.