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On behalf of the partners of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, we would like to sincerely thank the ports who have responded to our survey created to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events. We already have nearly 40 responses from ports of all sizes, covering the world’s main oceans and shipping routes.

We will provide an interim report at the beginning of October with aggregated results - all individual responses will remain strictly confidential.

We heartily encourage other ports and inland waterways to join the survey, which they can do here

The survey will now remain open until Friday 6th September 2019.

"Europe's Most Important River Risks a Repeat of Historic Shutdown"

Indications that climate change is contributing to disrupted navigation on the Rhine for the second year running as heatwaves exacerbate low flow conditions.  This is not only bad news for inland waterborne transport but a reminder of the urgent need to step up action on climate change adaptation.  Find out more at 

Interested in finding out more about how you can calculate and reduce your greenhouse gas emissions?

On 9th July 2019, Navigating a Changing Climate partner, Smart Freight Centre is running a webinar on the use of their GLEC framework tool.  See details at or

Interesting article about the forthcoming launch of the world’s first zero-emission commercial vessel powered by hydrogen fuel cells.  Nicknamed the 'Water-Go-Round', the ferry is due to launch in the San Francisco Bay area (USA) in the autumn of 2019.

Find out more at

Please take part in the Navigating a Changing Climate survey on extreme weather events, which was launched at the IAPH Guangzhou 2019 World Ports Conference.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information from port operators around the world to improve understanding of the consequences and costs of extreme meteorological and/or oceanographic events.  The survey includes questions on port or waterway closures, delays and downtime, and on clean up, maintenance, damage repair and other measures.  It also considers wider issues, for example the role of warning systems.  

Results from the survey will be published in an aggregate format to help inform port and waterway decisions on investment in resilience by facilitating understanding of the consequences of inaction.  No individual port or waterway data will be published; individual respondent's data will be kept strictly confidential.

Find out more at and please, complete the survey at 


The guidance from PIANC's Technical Working Group 188 on Carbon Management for Port and Navigation Infrastructure was published in April 2019.  This publication investigates the carbon footprint of activities associated with the development, maintenance and operation of navigation channels and port infrastructure including the management of dredged material.  It provides an overview of a carbon management framework for navigation infrastructure; reviews existing initiatives on carbon emission quantification; describes best practices on opportunities for carbon emission reduction; and discusses some of the financial aspects related to carbon reduction measures. 

Find out more from the Press Release at 

UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has created a new website 'SIDSport-ClimateAdapt' (  This website is dedicated to the issue of climate change impacts and adaptation for critical coastal transport infrastructure, such as seaports and airports, in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Caribbean and beyond.

The web-based platform showcases the activities, findings and outputs of the UN Development Account project Climate change impacts on coastal transport infrastructure in the Caribbean: enhancing the adaptive capacity of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), which UNCTAD  implemented in collaboration with a range of partners ( The project draws on UNCTAD’s related work, since 2008 ( Key project outcomes include assessment of potential operational disruptions and marine inundation risk to coastal international airports and seaports of Jamaica and Saint Lucia, under different climatic scenarios, as well as a transferable methodology for assessing climate change impacts and adaptation options. A technical expert meeting was held in 2016 in Geneva and two national and one regional capacity building workshops were held in the Caribbean in 2017, bringing together seaports and airports authorities from 21 countries and territories, regional/international stakeholders and experts. For an overview, see also the project leaflet at

Some of the main substantive findings and technical details of the methodology developed under the project were presented and discussed in a peer-reviewed scientific paper ( and have informed the IPCC’s assessment of “Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems” (, highlighting substantial increases in risk to SIDS’s critical coastal transportation infrastructure from climate changed-induced marine inundation as early as in the 2030s, unless further climate change adaptation is undertaken. In addition to the Jamaica and Saint Lucia case studies and methodology, the new website houses useful tools and guidance material, workshop materials, project documents and relevant information on the topic of climate change adaptation for coastal transportation infrastructure. The web-based platform is intended to facilitate information sharing, communication and dialogue among relevant stakeholders and interested parties.

UNCTAD's Trade Logistics Branch recently signed up as a NavClimate supporter.


Putting Nature to Work: Integrating Green and Gray Infrastructure for Water Security and Climate Resilience.  A great new report from World Bank - very much in line with PIANC's Working with Nature philosophy and with the 'integrated solutions' theme in the Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan.  Find out more at




A new report from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research suggests that climate models are underestimating the full severity of extreme weather events, but that water cycle impacts (such as river water levels) are among the more reliably projected parameters.

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Speaking at the High Level Conference on Climate Change and Oceans Preservation in Belgium, the IMO Secretary-General has urged vessel owners, port operators, governments and all those involved in the maritime transport sector to take urgent action to achieve the ambitions set out in the 2018 IMO initial strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from international shipping.  

Find out more in the news for 19 Feb 2019 at 

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