NavClimate News

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

#NavClimate Focal Point

#NavClimate Focal Point

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

View full programme here

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.

Sign Declaration

PLEASE take the opportunity to sign up, and don’t be put off by the term ‘surface transport’ - the Declaration does apply also to seaports and inland waterways!
Thursday, 10 November 2016 12:13

News from COP22

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.

#NavClimate spoke to Anika Beiersdorf from the Hamburg Port Authority.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016 15:21

#NavClimate Interview: Quebec Port Authority

#NavClimate spoke to Yoss Leclerc from the Quebec Port Authority.

Monday, 07 November 2016 15:40

UNEP Emissions Gap Report

One day before the Paris Agreement enters into force, a report from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) confirms that the world is still heading for temperature rise of 2.9 to 3.4℃ this century, even with Paris pledges already in place. Urgent action is needed to cut a further 25% from predicted 2030 emissions if warming is to be limited to well below two degrees.

In 2015, the European Investment Bank invested EUR 20.7bn in climate action projects, bringing their total climate-related spend for 2011-2015 to EUR 90.5bn including EUR 10.3bn on lower carbon and climate-friendly transport.
The UK newspaper The Guardian cites research by Princeton University, USA, in reporting that Hurricane Sandy-level flooding is "rising so sharply it could become normal". An analysis of past storms and models of future events as the planet warms has shown that Sandy-like floods have already become three times more common in the New York area since 1800. This frequency is set to climb further, from once every 400 years to once every 90 years by 2100, due to the effects of sea level rise alone.

Photp: David Shankbone / CC-BY

Monday, 31 October 2016 11:52

Global Climate Action Agenda

The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) declaration was signed on 13th December 2014. This Agenda set out to mobilise global action on climate by supporting existing initiatives and providing a platform for the visibility of stakeholder actions, commitments and results in the run up to the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) meetings held in Paris, France, in December 2015. 

Navigating a Changing Climate was one of 14 initiatives initially developed through the Transport Focus of the LPAA under the leadership of the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) as illustrated above. There are now more than 20 transport related initiatives.

In line with the LPAA objectives, a variety of actors (the Navigating a Changing Climate partners) worked together to build a concrete, ambitious and lasting cooperative initiative supported by a time-bound roadmap for implementation (the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan).

Since 2016, the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative has continued to participate in the transport theme of the Global Climate Action Agenda in preparation for the COP22 meetings in Marrakech and onwards to Bonn, Katowice, Santiago de Chile and beyond.


Monday, 31 October 2016 11:45

Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan

The partners in the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership share a single vision.

We want to see a responsible, well-informed and innovative sector where the owners, operators and users of inland and maritime waterborne transport infrastructure in all countries:

  • are aware of the issues associated with navigating a changing climate, and of the need to act now

  • have access to existing and new, sector-specific technical and institutional resources aimed at facilitating climate change mitigation and adaptation

  • have developed the capacity to make timely and effective decisions on mitigation and adaptation options, and

  • collaborate with others within and beyond the sector to identify and deliver integrated, resilient and sustainable solutions, with an emphasis on Working with Nature.

Please download the Action Plan below, which sets out the objectives of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative and summarises the activities being undertaken by the partnership.

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