IHNC Lake Borgne Surge Barrer Photo: Team New Orleans / CC-BY

The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Lake Borgne Surge Barrier was completed in 2013 near the confluence of and across the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet near New Orleans. Designed to defend against a 100-yr storm surge, the 1,8-mile long flood wall includes three navigable flood gates. Organic material dredged during construction was deposited in nearby wetland habitats to enhance environmental conditions.

Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure

We believe it is time to stop using uncertainty as an excuse for inaction. The evidence is unequivocal. Climate change is happening. Adaptation of inland and maritime navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

The agreement reached at the COP21 meetings in Paris in December 2015 to limit warming to less than two degrees represented a significant step for the international community. Notwithstanding this agreement, however, climate scientists are in general agreement that the world is already locked in to further change in key climate parameters. If we fail to achieve the less than two degrees goal, things will get worse still.

The Navigating a Changing Climate Partnerships believe that it is time to stop using uncertainty as a reason for inaction. Scientific evidence is unequivocal: the climate is changing. Adaptation of navigation infrastructure is vital, and the time to act is now.

In addition to contributing to mitigation, it is therefore vital for the sector to coordinate globally and act locally to adapt waterborne transport infrastructure and the operations that depend on it to the changing climate; and to strengthen resilience – in turn reducing the vulnerability of the sector to more frequent extreme events. Such action will be vital to ensure navigational safety, to reduce downtime and protect business continuity.

Friday, 13 March 2020 18:37

#NavClimate March 2020 Newsletter issued

The March 2020 Newsletter of the #NavClimate partners is now available to download below.  This Newsletter discusses the early planning for COP26 in Glasgow; introduces the NavClimate events that are planned for later this year; and provides an update on…
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An exciting announcement from #NavClimate supporter EFIP: a Challenge to gather ideas on how European inland ports, in their role as multimodal transport hubs, can contribute to achieve the European climate targets. According to the thinkport VIENNA website, "Europe has set…
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A new publication from UNCTAD entitled 'Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure: A Compilation of Policies and Practices' is now available for download from https://unctad.org/en/pages/PublicationWebflyer.aspx?publicationid=2631.  This important new compilation recognises the strategic role of ports and of…
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A reminder that the call for abstracts is now open for the Navigating a Changing Climate 'conference-within-a-conference' at COPEDEC in The Philippines, in November 2020. Find out more about COPEDEC at https://www.pianc-copedec2020.org/ and see the call for papers at https://navclimate.pianc.org/about/navclimate-news/call-for-abstracts-navigating-a-changing-climate-conference-at-copedec…
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On January 9th 2020 PIANC launched its technical guidance on climate change adaptation planning. Ports and waterways around the world are already experiencing air and water temperature increases, rising sea levels, and changes in parameters such as seasonal precipitation, wind…
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Navigating a Changing Climate at COPEDEC On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th November 2020, the Navigating a Changing Climate partners will organise a two-day conference as part of the 10th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries (COPEDEC) to…
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Some reflections from Navigating a Changing Climate's week at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, along with details on how to submit an abstract for the next Navigating a Changing Climate conference, to be held as part of the forthcoming COPEDEC conference…
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On 10th December 2019, at the Round Table on Resilience at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, the President of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) launched the association’s Declaration on Climate Change. In addition to recognising the role of waterborne…
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Navigating a Changing Climate (NaCC) partnership established by PIANC to close survey on extreme weather events in mid-December. Full results to be released at the #IAPH2020 World Ports Conference in Antwerp in March Navigating a Changing Climate (NaCC) partnership established…
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NavClimate partner ESPO and supporter EFIP have issued a joint Position Paper, entitled Ports in the European Rail System, which calls on policy makers to put port-rail networks at the heart of multi-modality.  This issue is a key element of…
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