SC - Huelva Spain

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Workshop and Implementation Lab - Huelva
20-22 APRIL 2005 Huelva - Spain

 
The metropolitan area of la Ria (Odiel Tinto) de Huelva is on the southern coastal area of Andalusia at the tip of an estuary of the Odiel and Tinto rivers, which merge before joining the Atlantic Ocean.
The economic base of this metropolitan area is primarily derived from the processing and extraction of chemicals from local and regional mines. Despite an extended history of settlement and geographic significance, this area of Andalusia suffers from poor regional identity and image.
The MILUnet workshop and Implementation Lab was held in the city of Huelva from 20 till 22 April 2005 on the invitation of one of the Spanish participants in this INTERREG IIIC operation MILUnet, the College of Architects. The College of Architects is considered to be a government equivalent body, concerned with the implementation of the building code and the authorization of the building permits.

The local and regional Huelva cases that were put up by the College of Architects for study, focussed on the possible future use of the land in the waterfront of the Estuary of Huelva in Punto del Sebo (this is the point where the two rivers meet).
The MILUnet participants were invited to focus in their Implementation Lab on the relationship between the harbour and the city.

Core concern was the question how to boost the local (and provincial) economy in order to balance the negative impact of the decay of industries. Making sure these uses are compatible with the necessary respect for the marshland ecosystems.
Above all, the urgent matter how to bring opposing and conflicting positions on speaking terms with each other was to be tackled.

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Spain

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English Final Report Huelva workshop 20-22 April 2005 (PDF; 15MB)

List of participants Huelva workshop 20-22 April 2005 (PDF; 400Kb)

THE LOCAL CASE
The local case focused on the possible future use of the land along the waterfront of the Estuary of Huelva in Punta del Sebo (this is the point where the Odiel and Tinto rivers meet).
This included a number of considerations:

  • Looking at the relationship between the harbour and the city.
  • Finding uses that can boost the local (and provincial) economy in order to balance the negative impact of the industrial decay.
  • Making certain these uses are compatible with and respect the marshland ecosystems.
  • The importance of ensuring that through all the initiatives being taken the present conflicting positions of the local stakeholders are brought together.

main questions being addressed:

  • The possible future use of the land in the waterfront area of the Estuary of Huelva in Punta del Sebo (this is the point where the two rivers meet).
  • The relationship between the harbour and the city. The core concern of the host was the question of how to boost the local (and provincial) economy so as to balance the negative impact of the decaying mining and chemical industries. How to ensure these uses are compatible with and exercise the necessary levels of respect for the marshland ecosystems.
  • Above all, the tackling of the urgent matter of how to bring opposing and conflicting positions into speaking terms with each other. The addressing of the process dimension was, therefore, the paramount issue to consider. Other considerations that have a relevance to this local
  • case are identity and connectivity.

What were the debates about?

  • Trying to find the real problem which led to an adjustment of the methods used in the Implementation Lab workshops. It was necessary to first look at the problem statement of the host to consider whether ‘their problem’ is the ‘real problem’.
  • Industry versus local and regional development. How dependent could or should a city be on one type of employment?
  • How to deal with the dump site.
  • Whether Huelva should or should not seek to attract tourists.

 

 

THE REGIONAL CASE
The regional study case area is formed by Huelva’s municipality and it’s immediate area of influence: the ‘belt’ of the adjacent
townships of Punta Umbria, Aljaraque, Gibraleon, Triqueros, San Juan de Puerto, Moguer and Palos de la Frontera.
Huelva is southern Spain’s main port onto the Atlantic Ocean due to its close connection to the two rivers and the Gulf.

Main questions being addressed
The possible future use of the land in the waterfront area of the Estuary of Huelva in Punto del Sebo (this is the point where the two rivers meet).

  • The relationship between the harbour and the city. The core concern of the host was the question of how to boost the local (and provincial) economy so as to balance the
  • negative impact of the decaying mining and chemical industries. How to ensure these uses are compatible with and exercise the necessary levels of respect for the marshland ecosystems.
  • Above all, the tackling of the urgent matter of how to bring opposing and conflicting positions into speaking terms with each other. The addressing of the process dimension was, therefore, the paramount issue to consider.
  • Other considerations that have a relevance to this regional case are identity and connectivity.

What were the debates about?

  • Trying to understand the scale of the problem.
  • Industry vs local and regional development.
  • Finding the right approach (local politics vs environmental activism).
  • The morality of the issues vs more pragmatic approaches to addressing environmental issues.

 

MILU Workshop - HUELVA 2005

 

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