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Conference “Economic revitalisation of the Vistula River Delta region through development of inland water transport”.

Conference “Economic revitalisation of the Vistula River Delta region through development of inland water transport”.

The participants of the conference agreed with the statement that the Polish economy cannot ignore such an important sector of transport as inland water shipping. According to Anna Wypych-Namiotko, Deputy Minister for Infrastructure, water transport is one of the cheapest and most environmentally friendly branches of economy, due to its low energy consumption and minimal air pollution. For instance, one barge can fit the load of nearly 40 trucks and transport it to a specific location. This could significantly reduce road transport, especially in the increasingly congested urban areas. Other participants also presented their reports at the conference, i.e. representatives of the Ministry of Environment, the National Water Management Authority, the Regional Water Management Authorities, the Institute of Environmental and Water Management in Germany, Seaports Administrations in Gdańsk and Elbląg, institutions, local governments and entrepreneurs from the region of the lower Vistula. At the end of the conference, the participants adopted a common position on the economic revitalisation of the Vistula River Delta region through development of inland water transport. The local governments of Pomorskie and Warmińsko-Mazurskie Voivodeships committed themselves to continuing measures meant to accelerate economic growth and the development of tourism in the Żuławy Region by creating a common system of education, information and promotion for the area. Local governments are also intent on using the shipbuilding potential of the Pomerania region for constructing modern inland vessels adapted to the present parameters of the existing waterways. Within the conference programme, a publication was developed titled “Economic revitalisation of the Vistula River Delta region through development of inland water transport”. It includes all the speeches and reports in the form of extensive papers on such issues as the policies of the state and local governments on developing inland water transport, the significance and opportunities of waterways development, the idea of building a new generation of passenger and freight vessels for inland navigation, etc.