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/