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The latest news about the activities of the Navigating a Changing Climate Initiative.

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Please take part in the Navigating a Changing Climate survey on extreme weather events, which was launched at the IAPH Guangzhou 2019 World Ports Conference.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information from port operators around the world to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events.  The survey includes questions on port or waterway closures, delays and downtime, and on clean up, maintenance, damage repair and other measures.  It also considers wider issues, for example the role of warning systems.  

Results from the survey will be published in an aggregate format to help inform port and waterway decisions on investment in resilience by facilitating understanding of the consequences of inaction.  No individual port or waterway data will be published; individual respondent's data will be kept strictly confidential.

Find out more at and please, complete the survey at 


The guidance from PIANC's Technical Working Group 188 on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure was published in April 2019.  This publication investigates the carbon footprint of activities associated with the development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port infrastructure including the management of dredged material.  It provides an overview of a carbon management framework for navigation infrastructure; reviews existing initiatives on carbon emission quantification; describes best practices on opportunities for carbon emission reduction; and discusses some of the financial aspects related to carbon reduction measures. 

Find out more from the Press Release at 

UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has created a new website 'SIDSport-ClimateAdapt' (  This website is dedicated to the issue of climate change impacts and adaptation for critical coastal transport infrastructure, such as seaports and airports, in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean and beyond.

The web-based platform showcases the activities, findings and outputs of the UN Development Account project Climate change impacts on coastal transport infrastructure in the Caribbean: enhancing the adaptive capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which UNCTAD  implemented in collaboration with a range of partners ( The project draws on UNCTAD’s related work, since 2008 ( Key project outcomes include assessment of potential operational disruptions and marine inundation risk to coastal international airports and seaports of Jamaica and Saint Lucia, under different climatic scenarios, as well as a transferable methodology for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation options. A technical expert meeting was held in 2016 in Geneva and two national and one regional capacity building workshops were held in the Caribbean in 2017, bringing together seaports and airports authorities from 21 countries and territories, regional/international stakeholders and experts. For an overview, see also the project leaflet at

Some of the main substantive findings and technical details of the methodology developed under the project were presented and discussed in a peer-reviewed scientific paper ( and have informed the IPCC’s assessment of “Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems” (, highlighting substantial increases in risk to SIDS’s critical coastal transportation infrastructure from climate changed-induced marine inundation as early as in the 2030s, unless further climate change adaptation is undertaken. In addition to the Jamaica and Saint Lucia case studies and methodology, the new website houses useful tools and guidance material, workshop materials, project documents and relevant information on the topic of climate change adaptation for coastal transportation infrastructure. The web-based platform is intended to facilitate information sharing, communication and dialogue among relevant stakeholders and interested parties.

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Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience.  A great new report from World Bank - very much in line with PIANC's Working with Nature philosophy and with the 'integrated solutions' theme in the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan.  Find out more at




A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that climate models are underestimating the full severity of extreme weather events, but that water cycle impacts (such as river water levels) are among the more reliably projected parameters.

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Speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation in Belgium, the IMO Secretary-General has urged vessel owners, port operators, governments and all those involved in the maritime transport sector to take urgent action to achieve the ambitions set out in the 2018 IMO initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.  

Find out more in the news for 19 Feb 2019 at 

The recently published World Economic Forum's Global Risk Report 2019, which based on the views of 1,000 decision-makers from the public sector, private sector, academia and civil society, identifies extreme weather and climate-change policy failures as the gravest perceived threats, globally, over the next ten years.  Read more at 

A welcome announcement from the cruise ship sector, committing to a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030.  Read more at



Both inhabitants and industry in the UK's Orkney Islands depend on ferries for supplies, transport and communication: ferries are truly a lifeline for these communities.  So the proposed use of hydrogen could help to reduce emissions whilst maintaining this vital service.  More at or see 

At COP24 in Poland, UNCTAD ran a joint side event with the IMO, amongst other things highlighting the urgent need for ports to adapt to the effects of the changing climate if trade disruption is to be reduced. 

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