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The deputy minister of the Environment of the Canary Islands Government, Blanca Delia Pérez, the director general of Security and Emergency, Nazaret Díaz, the deputy director of Civil Defence and Emergencies, Nestor Padrón, and the mayor of Garachico, José Heriberto González, held a meeting with Octavio Llinás, director of PLOCAN, to lay the foundations of future co-operation in the area of security and emergencies at sea.

During the meeting, the director presented the facility and its different areas of action, before conducting a joint analysis of the initial lines of co-operation required to tackle specific problems that had already been identified. More specifically, in the context of the technological transfer and eco-innovation for environmental and marine management in port areas of Macaronesia project (ECOMARPORT), part of the first Interreg MAC call for projects and led by PLOCAN, they discussed co-operation with one of the participating agencies from the Azores to respond to the problem of coastal overflow suffered by the municipality of Garachico on the island of Tenerife.

The objective of the ECOMARPORT project is to promote Marine-Maritime R+D+i in the European and African regions of Macaronesia by setting up an operational environmental and marine observation network to monitor the quality of water and air in ports. The parties involved will explore co-operation with the University of the Azores, which has prior experience in a project that solved a problem of coastal overflow in a port of the archipelago of the Azores.

They will also develop innovations in the field of modelling parameters of interest for their port applications and one in the area of analysing polluting gases in ports, which will assess the need for this and how useful it is for the ports of Macaronesia as a whole as it is rolled out.