UNCTAD, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, has created a new website 'SIDSport-ClimateAdapt' (https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/). 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 (https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/about-the-project/). The project draws on UNCTAD’s related work, since 2008 (https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/related-work-by-unctad/). 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 https://sidsport-climateadapt.unctad.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Caribbean_leaflet.pdf.
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 (https://bit.ly/2L2ERAV) and have informed the IPCC’s assessment of “Impacts of 1.5ºC global warming on natural and human systems” (https://www.ipcc.ch/site/assets/uploads/sites/2/2019/02/SR15_Chapter3_Low_Res.pdf), 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.
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