In a Press Release issued on 30th January 2017, Fijian Prime Minister Bainimarama identified Fiji’s priorities for the forthcoming COP23 negotiations: climate adaptation finance; effective monitoring of adherence to the Paris Agreement; and the objectives of the Climate Action Agenda – the various initiatives undertaken by non-state actors including the Think Climate coalition’s Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.
The COP23 meetings, hosted by the Fijian presidency, will be held in Bonn, Germany, in November 2017.
The end of 2016 and early 2017 saw several organisations sign up as new supporters of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, including:
- Acclimatise, a specialist consulting, communications and digital application company
- ARUP, independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists
- DEME, specialists in dredging, environmental and maritime engineering
- ERDC, the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
- Norconsult AS, Norway's largest multidisciplinary consultancy firm
- NSW Ports, Port Botany and Port Kembla in New South Wales, Australia
- Ramboll, a global consultancy in port, coastal and marine engineering and environmental services
The Think Climate coalition welcomes all these organisations on board, and looks forward to working with them – along with our 16 existing supporter organisations - to promote climate change mitigation, adaptation and integrated solutions for waterborne transport infrastructure, globally.
A new UK Government report identifies the six priority risk areas for adaptation research and action over the next five years … and there is plenty of evidence of climate change potentially affecting transport, infrastructure, and coastal areas generally. These priority actions are not unique to the UK: the risks identified will be equally relevant to many other countries. Find out more at
Reflecting the uncertainty over the implications of the Trump presidency for greenhouse gas emissions, there are some worrying observations from @UNDispatch in their article '5 International Climate Stories to Watch in 2017'. Such concerns can only emphasise the urgency of paying proper attention to preparedness and adaptation.
Think Climate coalition partner ESPO considers that IMO is the right level to find a solution to the issue of emissions from shipping, but urges Europe to pile up pressure on the IMO to deliver on CO2 cap.
Deltares, an independent institute for applied research in the field of water and subsurface, has signed up as a supporter of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative.
The PIANC-led Think Climate coalition is pleased to announce a major international climate change conference dedicated to the interests of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and user. Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention. The Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on 4th November 2016, is an ambitious international agreement that aims to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. Coming years are likely to see massive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to low carbon solutions across all sectors: navigation infrastructure is no exception. Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, however, it is also widely agreed that continuing change in certain climate parameters is now unavoidable. Resilience will need to be strengthened and waterborne transport infrastructure will need to adapt. Preparedness will be critical.
The conference programme covers three themes: climate change mitigation, adaptation, and integration. For each theme, the conference organisers have invited a range of speakers, representing all parts of the waterborne transport infrastructure sector:
· international organisations and funding agencies
· policy makers and practitioners
· ports and inland waterways
· operators and advisors
In addition to the full presentations, there will be a series of mini-presentations on the conference themes. These ‘5x5x5’ sessions will enable a broader range of topics to be covered over the two days, and those attending the site visit to the Port of Zeebrugge will have an opportunity to hear from other speakers. The conference is therefore designed to maximise delegates’ opportunity to learn about good practice and to exchange experiences with the organisations leading the way in Navigating the Changing Climate.
A global declaration urging world leaders to pay increased attention to climate change adaptation for transport will be presented at COP22 in Marrakech on November 17th.
The COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport will be introduced at the Side Event Climate Adaptation in the Global Transport Sector on November 9th during Marrakech Climate Conference in Marakkech, Morocco. The Declaration will be presented in the Transport Showcase Event on November 12th and in the Transport Day Marrakech on November 13th. The COP22 Declaration on Accelerated Action on Adaptation in Transport will be formally handed over to High Level Champions on November 17th at the High Level Event on Accelerating Climate Change.
We would like to invite you to endorse the Declaration in individual or organizational capacity.
The 22nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change is well underway in Marrakech, Morocco, with plenty of attention to transport mitigation and adaptation, including waterborne transport infrastructure.
Navigating a Changing Climate was a featured initiative in the daily update prepared by the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PDF) on Day Three of COP22. A side-event on transport adaptation in Africa is also reported in this update.