1.To provide an international forum where coastal and port engineers from developing coun-tries can exchange know-how and experience amongst themselves and with their col-leagues from industrialized countries;
2.To enable the developing countries to have a sustainable human resource pool of coastal and port development professionals.
The overall theme for COPEDEC is “Enhancing Waterborne Transport and Sustainable Coastal Development”
As with previous conferences, the emphasis on technical subjects remains. Papers will focus on practical applications, planning, management and environmental aspects of coastal, port and inland waterway engineering in developing and industrialized countries, including documentation of case studies.