The outcomes of an important international conference, held recently in Brussels and supported by the IMarEST, are helping ports and inland waterways meet the challenges of climate change.
The “Navigating a Changing Climate Conference” took place on 27-28 March at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Brussels, and was organised by the PIANC-led Think Climate coalition, a multi-stakeholder coalition, which includes the IMarEST, of ten associations with interests in waterborne transport infrastructure.
Part of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative, the conference was attended by more than 100 international delegates representing owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure, and focused on three main themes:
- Mitigation: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards low- or no-carbon navigation infrastructure
- Adaptation: strengthening resilience and adapting waterborne transport infrastructure to projected changes in sea level, storminess, precipitation, river flow, air and water temperature, waves, wind, fog and other climate parameters
- Integration: opportunities to contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation by supporting intermodality, Working with Nature or integrated coastal management.
The outcomes of the conference have been compiled into a report which is freely available to download. Highlighting the key messages from the conference, the report provides a summary of the presentations; includes links to speakers’ abstracts and bios, to their PowerPoint presentations and to video recordings; and presents the outcomes of an ad hoc lunchtime discussion on energy sources and emissions from waterborne transport.
The IMarEST provided support in filming the conference presentations for IMarEST TV, enabling video recordings of the conference presentations to be made available online in order to engage with wider audiences.
Building on the success of the conference, the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative would like to encourage any organisations with interests in the waterborne transport infrastructure sector to join its growing list of supporters.
Becoming a supporter is free and done via the website, and demonstrates commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving to low carbon navigation infrastructure, strengthening resilience and adapting to the effects of the changing climate, and promoting integrated and sustainable solutions.
Owners, operators and users of inland and maritime waterborne transport infrastructure around the world are also encouraged to join the conversation and engage with the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative on social media using the hashtag #navclimate, and by following @NavClimate on Twitter.