Preliminary Project for the Revitalisation of the Fishermen's Harbour

The Municipality of Barcelona provided technical assistance to the city of Saida on the revitalisation of the fishermen's harbour. The assistance was carried out by Mr. Carles Casamor from Habitat Urb√†, the municipal department in charge of urban transformation, public space, environment and infrastructure; and Mrs. Sandra Bestraten, lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, under the coordination of the International Cooperation Department of the Municipality of Barcelona.

Three technical missions were organised during USUDS project in order to:

a) identify the subject of the cooperation and collect all necessary data for the preliminary proposal,

b) engage in technical exchange on the preliminary proposal as well as present similar experiences of remodelling the waterfront in different Catalan cities and

c) present the results of this assistance to the Municipal Council of Saida, representatives of the fishermen and other relevant stakeholders.

Since the beginning, it was clear that the city of Saida had an interest in renovating the fishing port and improving its relationship with the city, particularly the Old City-- a need defined by the Strategic Plan generated by the USUDS project. 

Furthermore, as a result of the participatory approach in the strategic planning process, it was also clear that for Saida this project should be open to participation at the city level. For these reasons the Municipality of Barcelona agreed to assist Saida in its initial considerations and in the proposal that the city would launch for the participation process. Before entering into a participation exercise for a project that was so ambitious and central to the city, the city of Saida had to be clear on what were the central issues of this reform, the limits of its feasibility and the different uses that the port should have in the future.

The work carried out between Barcelona and Saida in the USUDS project has led to the elaboration of a concrete initial proposal that includes the technical limits of feasibility, the bases of the reform (public space and access to port-related spaces, remodelling of the adjacent streets, etc.) and an initial idea of future activities. Also, it served as a process of reflection by the municipal representatives on the relationship between the city and the sea in the context of the Mediterranean, a reflection that will be submitted to the consultation and participation of the stakeholders of the city.

As a result of this work and of the different technical missions organised, the municipal team was empowered for the future participatory process,  with both the public and the relevant stakeholders involved in the management of the port. On a second level, the tight collaboration between the technical services of the City of Saida and those of the city of Barcelona and the Polytechnic University allowed for the exchange of knowledge and experiences at the professional level as well as regarding the management of the port by the municipality.

In order to build on the experience that was initiated through the USUDS project, the two parts agreed to explore further possibilities of cooperation in the following months.