From port city to coastal metropolis
How can the future of a burgeoning coastal metropolis be
envisaged in which economic and social development is balanced
with the responsible management of natural assets?The territory of San-Pédro is characterized by strong geographic features : it’s located on the edge of a lagoon and has a very hilly relief. It is also the second economic center of Ivory Coast and the world's leading cocoa export harbour.
The city experienced a fast development from the 1970s following the state decision to build a major port on this site. Today there are a large number of development projects for this second city of the country.
San-Pédro is facing many challenges :
-Take into account the strong geographic features, preserve biodiversity and the lagoon.
-Consolidate Greater San-Pédro offering significant employement and economic opportunities on a regional and international scale.
-Create active partnerships between actors: City, Administrations, Port, University, Inhabitants, economic actors…
Halimatou Mama Awal, PhD in Architecture, France-Cameroon
Marc Errera, architect, urban planner- Belgium
Christophe Bayle, architect and urban planner, France
Vincent Bourjaillat, engineer and urban planner, France
Yaya Doumbia, physical geographer in climatology and environment, Ivory Coast
Guy Tchakam, urban planner, Cameroon
Terric Jouaillec, géographer and urban planner, France