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.

Tuesday, 07 July 2020 15:44

London Climate Week - News on Adaptation

Navigating a Changing Climate was represented at London Climate Week (1st - 3rd July 2020) by Jan Brooke, NavClimate Focal Point and Chair of PIANC's Permanent Task Group on Climate Change. Jan attended several virtual sessions on Adaptation and Resilience…
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Monday, 22 June 2020 17:53

COVID-19 and climate change

COVID-19 or climate change?* Take a look at the list below ... Could it be that the bullet points represent some of the lessons the ports and navigation sector has already learned from the current COVID-19 crisis? Maximise operational resilience;…
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Resilience refers to the capacity to anticipate and plan for disruptions, resist loss in operations and/or absorb their impacts, rapidly recover afterwards, and adapt to changing conditions and constraints. The properties of resilient systems are not new, but in the…
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Report on global sustainability activities in ports has been published as next major deliverable of the World Ports Sustainability Program Antwerp, 4 May 2020 Guided by the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals, the World Ports Sustainability Program (WPSP) led by…
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Upcoming reports will deep dive into regional results, commencing with Europe next week Of the seventy six ports surveyed across the globe in this week’s WPSP Port Economic Impact Barometer Report, the majority report a relatively stable situation compared to…
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Sea-locked Small Island States rely on well-functioning and reliable transport systems, and therefore face particular challenges when it comes to climate change.  It was thus a privilege for Jan Brooke representing @PIANC1 and #NavClimate to take part in the breakout…
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Support to include regularly-updated, frequently-asked questions section vetted by experts from eight global ports, a weekly port economic impact barometer and latest industry updates   2 April 2020 In response to requests from members of the International Association of Ports…
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Ministers responsible for waterborne transport policy in the EU have welcomed the European Commission’s Communication on the European Green Deal and, in this context have agreed to work towards a carbon-neutral and zero pollution waterborne transport sector.  #NavClimate Supporter organisation the…
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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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Project Officer to the International Harbour Masters’ Association, Captain Ben van Scherpenzeel, will represent the Association at the Port Symposium “A holistic approach to standards for port operational data in maritime supply chains”, to be held 30 April 2020 at…
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