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 Ports (EFIP) believes there are a number of objectives the upcoming review of the climate change adaptation strategy must take into account.
It must firstly ensure safe and reliable navigation through the development of smart infrastructure systems that are able to respond rapidly to extreme weather events. The strategy must also facilitate bimodal contingency solutions so that logistics flows can be transferred to other sustainable transport modes - primarily rail - when waterway navigation is not possible. Finally, the strategy must bring new, modern vessel concepts to the market that can operate in low-water levels. In order to achieve these objectives, EFIP suggests the following concrete actions:
• mainstream climate proofing in European legislation;
• develop fit for future infrastructure;
• adapting CEF and financing to the new realities, including mainstreaming climate resilience and including specific calls on climate resilient infrastructure;
• support research and development for planning and design tools to allow the creation, implementation and maintenance of climate change resilient infrastructure; and
• facilitate cross-border and cross-sectoral action and guidance.
The full climate change adaptation position paper can be found at: https://www.inlandports.eu/views/position-adapting-to-climate-change-strategy.