The PIANC-led Think Climate coalition is pleased to announce a major international climate change conference dedicated to the interests of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and user. Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention. The Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on 4th November 2016, is an ambitious international agreement that aims to combat climate change and adapt to its effects. Coming years are likely to see massive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to low carbon solutions across all sectors: navigation infrastructure is no exception. Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, however, it is also widely agreed that continuing change in certain climate parameters is now unavoidable. Resilience will need to be strengthened and waterborne transport infrastructure will need to adapt. Preparedness will be critical.
The conference programme covers three themes: climate change mitigation, adaptation, and integration. For each theme, the conference organisers have invited a range of speakers, representing all parts of the waterborne transport infrastructure sector:
· international organisations and funding agencies
· policy makers and practitioners
· ports and inland waterways
· operators and advisors
In addition to the full presentations, there will be a series of mini-presentations on the conference themes. These ‘5x5x5’ sessions will enable a broader range of topics to be covered over the two days, and those attending the site visit to the Port of Zeebrugge will have an opportunity to hear from other speakers. The conference is therefore designed to maximise delegates’ opportunity to learn about good practice and to exchange experiences with the organisations leading the way in Navigating the Changing Climate.