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.

The new EU Strategy on Adaptation to Climate Change, Building a Climate-Resilient Future, has been published today, 24 February 2021. The Strategy and associated resources can be accessed via https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_21_663  This EU Strategy sets out a pathway 'to prepare for…
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Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge Registration is open for the joint NavClimate-SedNet virtual workshop on 'Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge'. The workshop will comprise two consecutive half-day sessions.  Its aim is to…
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Save the date announcement and session themes confirmed for the joint NavClimate-SedNet virtual workshop on 10th and 11th February 2021   1. Role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage: opportunities to contribute to a net reduction in greenhouse…
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EcoShape are hosting a webinar series which discusses ‘Upscaling Building with Nature together’. Different webinars being together experts with hands- on project experience will explain and discuss with you six enablers that are critical to make a building with nature project successful. The…
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NavClimate supporter Ports Australia’s has published a new Port Sustainability Strategy Development Guide with the intention to provide a strategic and robust approach to sustainability planning for ports. The plan is adaptable for ports to tackle the challenges unique to…
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Inland waterway transport is vulnerable to climate change because river navigation depends on precipitation and water levels for its operations.  There have been low and high water periods over the last 200 years and this will continue to occur in the…
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Thursday, 17 September 2020 14:21

EFIP Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Inland ports are more than familiar with the impacts of climate change. The increasingly serious effects of low-water levels have demonstrated beyond doubt the need to mitigate and adapt to climate change. To do so, the European Federation of Inland…
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Thursday, 17 September 2020 10:04

ESPO Climate Change Adaptation Position

As entities particularly vulnerable to the disastrous effects of climate change, European ports are acutely aware of the need to bring the European Commission’s climate change adaptation strategy up to date. In its position paper, ESPO (European Sea Ports Organisation)…
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Great to see The Economist picking up on the #NavClimate survey to draw attention to the urgent need for action, by ports, to adapt to climate change and extreme weather events ... https://www.economist.com/finance-and-economics/2020/09/12/ports-are-highly-exposed-to-climate-change-and-often-ill-prepared 
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Navigating a Changing Climate and SedNet (the European sediment network (see https://sednet.org/) are collaborating to run a workshop entitled “Addressing climate change challenges with sediment management”. The workshop is planned to be held in Rome, Italy, on 10-11 February 2021…
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