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The latest news and developments on the implications of climate change for waterborne transport infrastructure. News is added by partners of the the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership. You can also let us know about the latest developments by emailing us, or by using #navclimate on twitter.

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At the end of phase one of their Resilience4Ports project, The Resilience Shift has launched a new report on the resilience of ports.

The report, 'Resilience4Ports: Gateways to a resilient future’ identifies 36 current and future trends and developments facing ports and examines the four main drivers of change: decarbonisation, technological change, ports communities and the environment impacting the ports ecosystem.  It explains why resilience can provide a uniting force for action on multiple transformations currently facing the ports industry and the wider ports ecosystem, and identifies four action areas for cross-industry collaboration to help drive change and address the challenges:

- Learn the lessons from Covid-19 and Brexit on how ports respond to shocks and stresses so the industry can better respond to future crises.

- Develop guidance for an integrated approach to intersecting port transformations and resilience challenges.

- Promote port investment that enhances whole system resilience, increases flow of finance to where it is most needed and maximises system-level benefits

- Convene the ports' value chain to understand and shape resilience including port specific resilience appraisal and enhancements.

The key message is: Ports are key to delivering a prosperous, low-carbon, resilient future. A whole-systems approach is what is needed to deliver that transformation.

More information can be found at https://www.resilienceshift.org/resilience4ports-gateways-to-a-resilient-future/

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 the unavoidable impacts of climate change'. The Press Release notes that 'While the EU does everything within its power to mitigate climate change, domestically and internationally, we must also get ready to face its unavoidable consequences. From deadly heatwaves and devastating droughts, to decimated forests and coastlines eroded by rising sea levels, climate change is already taking its toll in Europe and worldwide. Building on the 2013 Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, the aim of today's proposals is to shift the focus from understanding the problem to developing solutions, and to move from planning to implementation'.

PIANC's Climate Change Adaptation Guidance can also now be accessed via the EU's ClimateADAPT portal - see https://climate-adapt.eea.europa.eu/metadata/guidances/climate-change-adaptation-planning-for-ports-and-inland-waterways

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 facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the four topics mentioned below, with an emphasis on ports, waterways, dredging and associated infrastructure/ activities.

It promises to be an inspiring workshop for sediment practitioners (policy and management) as well as scientists. Invited key-note speakers and selected abstracts will address in the following (non-parallel) sessions – with room for Q&A – these four topics:

- Role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage: opportunities to contribute to a net reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

- Sediments and climate change adaptation: seeking flexible and adaptive solutions to strengthen resilience and adapt port and navigation infrastructure and operations

- Habitat enhancement and creation, Working-with-Nature and other nature-based solutions

- Sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle.

The four workshop sessions conclude with a panel discussion and an interactive session with the audience to determine:

– Key climate change-related challenges for sediment managers;

– Key opportunities for sediment management to contribute to addressing the climate change challenge;

– Key topics for further research and development.

For more details or to register for participation please email the SedNet Secretariat  before 6 February.

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 gas emissions

2. Sediments and climate change adaptation: seeking flexible and adaptive solutions to strengthen resilience and adapt port and navigation infrastructure and operations

3. Habitat enhancement and creation, Working-with-Nature and other nature-based solutions

4. Sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy: reduce, reuse, recycle.

To find out more about the workshop and to understand why it is relevant to you, see attached or read the SedNet December 2020 newsletter https://sednet.org/news/newsletter/newsletter-december-2020/ 

 

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 the environment and communities they directly interact with, but the approach also provides a framework to address common and constantly evolving challenges like climate change.

Reducing CO2 emissions and encouraging clean energy transitions are just some examples of goals that ports can set in their sustainability planning. This will contribute to what must be a consolidated effort amongst ports against the everchanging climate which will inevitably affect their future operations.

The guide can be downloaded from the Ports Australia website https://www.portsaustralia.com.au/value-of-ports/sustainability

 

 

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 future. Extreme events may become more frequent. Learning from the rivers, inland waterway authorities are preparing step-by-step for a changing climate that continues to enable shipping. Adaptation to climate requires action at the level of the fleet, logistics and infrastructure as well as more cross-sectoral coordination.

To help raise awareness of these important issues, and to encourage key players to take action, NavClimate supporter organisations Inland Navigation Europe (INE) and European Federation of Inland Ports (EFIP) have launched a Statement on Climate change adaptation.  Find out more at http://www.inlandnavigation.eu/news/infrastructure/ine-and-efip%E2%80%99s-recommendations-for-the-eu-climate-change-adaptation-strategy/ 

 

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 

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 but may be moved to an online event depending on how the COVID-19 situation evolves. 

The aim of the workshop is to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the following topics, with an emphasis on ports, waterways, dredging and associated infrastructure/activities:

1. Role of sediment management in carbon sequestration and storage: opportunities to contribute to a net reduction in GHG emissions

2. Sediments and climate change adaptation: seeking flexible and adaptive solutions to strengthen resilience and adapt port and navigation infrastructure and operations

3. Habitat enhancement and creation, Working with Nature and other nature-based solutions: using nature to strengthen the natural resilience of ports and waterways including sediment use (e.g. sand-engine and dunes) for protection against flooding

4. Sediment management, circular economy and the waste hierarchy: reduce (e.g. reduce the need for extraction of virgin aggregate); reuse (e.g. shift perceptions of sediment from a waste to a resource); recycle (e.g. optimising sediment placement)

5. Emerging issues and opportunities: enabling contributors to the workshop to offer presentations on other sediment management and climate change-related topics, such as how to prevent climate change-induced flooding eroding and remobilising historically contaminated sediments and soils from upstream river banks and transporting them downstream; or how changed environmental conditions may affect sediment quality guidelines.

Those interested in making a presentation at this workshop are encouraged to use the provided template to prepare and submit a one-page abstract, following the procedure set out in the attached or accessible via https://sednet.org/news/

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 where speakers included Ministers, policy makers, scientists, financiers and practitioners. Some of the common themes and key messages arising from these sessions related to the lessons to learn from the COVID-19 pandemic, the urgency of adaptation action, the incorporation of climate risks in investment decision making, and the need to tackle the adaptation financing gap ...

1. COVID-19 lessons learned

- COVID-19 has shown we are not resilient. ‘None of us is resilient until we are all resilient’.

- We must keep the pressure on for a green, inclusive and resilient recovery – ‘we have a window to act, so let’s use it wisely’. The EU Green Deal is a good example.

2. Time to act

- ‘We need to act on the science. The world was warned about the likelihood of a pandemic – there have been many other pertinent warnings, including on climate ...’. The IPCC has warned that we are on course for a warming in excess of 3 degrees warming by end of the century

- ‘We have been planning for the future in the mistaken belief that it will resemble the past

- There is an urgent need to translate political commitments into on-the-ground action - tackling climate change is an existential issue (e.g. for SIDS) – ‘we do not have the luxury of time

- Whilst there are clear leaders, making the jump to mainstreaming adaptation implementation remains a major challenge

- ‘We know that, with early warning and careful planning, we can significantly reduce impacts

- The ‘case for nature-based solutions has never been stronger’

3. Climate risks and investment decision making

- ‘There is insufficient urgency in the call for investment in adaptation and resilience – the current approach is piecemeal and (unlike decarbonisation) there are currently no real incentives’

- There is a disconnect between long term climate risks and short-term investment imperatives

- The risks are perceived as ‘being lower, because insurance or government will step in. This perception leads to inaction’

- ‘Climate risk disclosure is key but is currently inadequate’: there is a need for more understanding and more depth; for greater granularity; and for improved information on physical risks

- Climate risk and adaptation costs need to be embedded in finance decisions on every development

- Integrating projections into financial forecasting is a challenge, especially when the past is a poor indicator of the future

- ‘More effort is needed to monetise the consequences of not acting; and to understand the benefits of improved resilience, including the societal benefits’. This is a major challenge to overcome

4. Adaptation financing

- ‘The situation regarding adaptation funding is woeful’ – this is a problem for both the private sector and the public sector. Furthermore, the most vulnerable often have least access to finance

- There is a massive adaptation financing gap – $250-300 billion USD is needed by 2030 for adaptation in developing countries alone – private sector investment will be critical ...

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; improve adaptive capacity
  • Invest in redundancy, temporary infrastructure or other physical back-up provisions
  • Increase storage capacity
  • Nominate or provide physical sanctuaries
  • Incorporate flexibility to allow for modification as conditions change
  • Install or develop new, responsive or demountable infrastructure or equipment
  • Prepare and raise awareness of contingency, emergency or disaster response plans
  • Develop information-sharing protocols
  • Educate workforce, stakeholders, local communities
  • Develop revised operational procedures; modify working practices as conditions change
  • Introduce and implement adaptive management procedures
  • Allow for flexibility and responsiveness in programming
  • Ensure availability of transport and accommodation for personnel during an incident
  • Nominate safe routes and areas, identify diversions
  • Identify and exploit interconnectivity and intermodal options to maintain business continuity
  • Prepare strategic level adaptation strategies
  • Review and revise relevant codes of practice, standards, specifications or guidelines to accommodate changing conditions
  • Review and revise health and safety requirements
  • Require zoning of assets, operations or activities based on risk Identify, secure and coordinate alternative transport routes or modes
  • Promote reduced insurance premiums if improved resilience is demonstrated
  • Set up contingency or disaster response fund
  • Facilitate diversification in facilities and employment as conditions change
  • Research and develop novel tools and methods

In fact, the list is taken from Table 19 in PIANC’s recent WG 178 technical publication on Climate change adaptation planning for ports and inland waterways [1] and reflected in PIANC’s Declaration on Climate Change [2]. The generic but practical measures on the list are amongst those recommended to help the navigation sector accommodate changing climatic conditions and the anticipated increase in the frequency and severity of extreme events.

Resilience, flexibility, adaptive capacity, redundancy ... COVID-19 has focussed our attention on the vital importance of these characteristics. They are also crucial for climate change adaptation.

Let’s not forget about them when the current public health crisis is over.

 

Jan Brooke, Chair, PIANC Permanent Task Group on Climate Change (PTGCC)

 

*Article taken from the April 2020 PIANC e-newsletter 'Sailing Ahead'

[1] https://www.pianc.org/publications/envicom/wg178

[2] https://www.pianc.org/uploads/files/COP/PIANC-Declaration-on-Climate-Change.pdf

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