Resilience4Ports:
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Port resilience guidance, studies and tools can be useful for a wide range of practitioners but it can be hard to find the right one for the task at hand. We have assessed a wide range of tools, guidance documents and reports, which are listed below, mapped by the maritime resilience breakthroughs they support and the Port Resilience Framework for Action goals that they help to achieve.

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    Building Capacity to Manage Risks and Enhance Resilience

    Author

    UNCTAD

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The guidebook offers a comprehensive approach to enhancing resilience in the maritime supply chain, primarily focusing on container ports. It outlines strategies for risk identification, assessment, and management, covering measures to be taken before, during, and after disruptions. The target audience includes various stakeholders in the port ecosystem, such as government agencies, port authorities, operators, and others. The guidebook is structured into four parts, addressing risk management concepts, hazard scenarios, case studies, and additional resources. Its primary goal is to foster collaboration among stakeholders to ensure the continued reliability of container ports, which are vital to global trade.

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    Risk and Resilience Guidelines for Ports

    Author

    IAPH

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, IAPH set up a COVID-19 Taskforce. Additional port experts have now joined, establishing IAPH’s Risk and Resilience Technical Committee. The publication is focussed on organisational resilience models for Port Authorities, by analysing risks, understanding spheres of control and influence and developing before/during/after plans. The portal has been designed as a pragmatic, practical tool that can be applied by a port irrespective of size, technical characteristics or governance model.
    The guidelines are focussed on organisational resilience models for Port Authorities, based on analysing the risks they face, understanding their spheres of control and influence (and thus stakeholders they need to engage with), and developing a ‘before/during/after’ plan.

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    Port Resilience: Overcoming Threats to Maritime Infrastructure and Operations From Climate Change

    Author

    Stevens Institute of Technology

    Year

    2015

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The objective of this research is to move from the aspirational concept of resilience to a standardized framework for creation of resilience in ports and transportation systems by integrating physical infrastructure and social systems. It takes a fully functioning maritime and shore-side distribution system for successful supply chain operations. A combination of stakeholder interviews and workshops provided insights into the resilience processes. One of the challenges to adopting more stringent design standards was the uncertainty surrounding future conditions. Another recommendation of the study involves the suggestion for port regions to organize along the entire supply chain including transport and distribution activities beyond local marine terminals. A suggested organizational scheme is proposed with coordinating bodies at the regional and state level that would interact with local port waterside and landside logistics teams prior to, during, and after a supply chain disruption.

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    Coastal Risk Reduction and Resilience: Using the Full Array of Measures

    Author

    US Army Corps of Engineers

    Year

    2013

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Coastal areas are especially vulnerable to hazards, now and in the future, posed by waves and surges associated with sea level change and coastal storms. Coastal risk reduction can be achieved through a variety of approaches, including natural or nature-based features (e.g., wetlands and dunes), nonstructural interventions (e.g., policies, building codes and emergency response such as early warning and evacuation plans), and structural interventions (e.g., seawalls and breakwaters). This paper discusses USACE’s capabilities to help reduce coastal risks from and improve resilience to these hazards through an integrated approach that draws from the full array of coastal risk reduction measures.

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    Infrastructure for the Decarbonisation of Inland Waterway Transport

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The report by PIANC’s Task Group 234 addresses the need for infrastructure to support zero-emission vessels in inland waterway transport (IWT). It compiles insights on decarbonization developments and energy carriers, offering key questions and a method for addressing infrastructure challenges. The report recommends PIANC to establish a working group focused on pathways and decision-making for decarbonizing IWT rather than just hardware specifications. The document, submitted for PIANC’s consideration, provides seven case studies demonstrating sustainable practices, including the Panama Canal’s success and lessons learned from the unsustainable Mississippi River Gulf Outlet in the USA.

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    PANYNJ Climate Resilience Design Guidelines

    Author

    Port Authority NY NJ

    Year

    2018

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Climate Resilience and Design Guidelines serves to supplement the building code requirements through incorporating climate change projections, namely sea level rise, into their design process of infrastructure. These efforts aim to guide the port authority’s goal of bolstering better safety, service, and resilience of infrastructure to withstand the increase in climate change hazard.

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    Port of Long Beach Climate Adaptation and Coastal Resiliency Plan (CRP)

    Author

    Port of Long Beach The Green Port

    Year

    2016

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    In response to the rising threat of climate change, the Port of Long Beach developed the Climate Adaptation and Coastal Resiliency Plan to aid in managing risks caused from these hazards. The Coastal Resiliency Plan offers a framework to both determine and manage climate change risk, (i.e., sea level rise) to ensure sufficient preparedness and to maintain functionality of port operations and supply chain efforts.

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    Port Resilience Index: A Port Management Self-Assessment

    Author

    Morris, Lauren L., Tracie Sempier, Ports Resilience Expert Committee (NOAA)

    Year

    2016

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    A self-assessment tool that places ports at the forefront of community resilience in the marine transportation sector. The PRI aims to provide an assessment tool to analyse a ports preparedness for functionality and operation during and post-disaster. This approach is offered in a simplified format that targets ports strengths and vulnerabilities within their site management and operations.

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    Private Markets for Climate Resilience: Factsheet Resilience Solutions for the Port Sector in Colombia

    Author

    Nordic Development Fund, Inter-American Development Bank, Laera

    Year

    2020

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    This sheet is a summary of the PMCR broader report. It aims to evaluate the port sector in Colombia to identify varying climate risks and the corresponding stakeholders impacted by this risk. It summarizes the BRPM tool used to assess ports by conducting a value-chain analysis that focuses on climate risks and impacts. These results are then used to inform potential resilience solutions to the risk associated with ports in Colombia.

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    Integrating Maritime and Coastal Resilience

    Author

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill & Coastal Resilience Center, A U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence

    Year

    2016

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Integrating Maritime and Coastal Resilience report offers a summary of key findings, research questions raised, and shared knowledge resulting from the Maritime Risk Symposium. The overarching summary of the event is that maritime and coastal sectors require interdependency for resilience to be achieved. To maintain this approach to resilience the findings suggest developing resilience from a regional scale using interdisciplinary teams that use quantitative and qualitative methods for resilient solutions.

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    Agenda 2030

    Port cities, facing climate change’s severe impacts, serve as testing grounds for innovative solutions in energy, industry, mobility, and culture. The AIVP Agenda 2030 outlines 10 key goals and 46 actionable measures for sustainable port cities. These goals align with multiple Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), emphasizing a holistic approach to sustainable development. AIVP aims to inspire port and city stakeholders to implement the Agenda 2030, optimizing investments and resources for a resilient, environmentally-friendly, and economically vibrant future.

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    Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap

    Author

    UK Green Building Council

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap project aims to outline a common vision and agree upon industry-wide actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation, and demolition of buildings and infrastructure in the UK. The main areas of discussion include the carbon footprint for the UK built environment, the Net Zero Carbon trajectory to 2050, and policy recommendations with industry action plans to deliver the 2050 scenario.

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    The Next Wave Green Corridors

    Author

    Global Maritime Forum

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Next Wave Green Corridors is a forward-thinking initiative that aims to transform the maritime industry’s environmental impact. The project advocates for the creation of sustainable shipping corridors to promote cleaner and more efficient maritime transportation. By integrating green technologies, alternative fuels, and digital solutions, it seeks to reduce emissions, enhance energy efficiency, and protect marine ecosystems. The initiative fosters collaboration among stakeholders, including governments, industry players, and environmental organizations, to drive systemic change in the maritime sector and pave the way for a more environmentally friendly and economically viable future for global shipping.

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    Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines

    Author

    Boston Planning & Development Agency

    Year

    2019

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Coastal Flood Resilience Design Guidelines provide comprehensive recommendations for creating resilient coastal infrastructure. The guidelines emphasize incorporating adaptable designs, natural features, and sustainable practices to mitigate the impacts of flooding events. Key elements include elevating structures above flood levels, using resilient materials, and implementing nature-based solutions like wetlands and dunes. Collaboration with local communities, data-driven risk assessments, and long-term planning are central to these guidelines, ensuring coastal areas can withstand and recover from flooding while safeguarding human safety, preserving ecosystems, and supporting sustainable development.

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    UKCP18 Marime Report November 2018

    Author

    Met Office

    Year

    2018

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The UKCP18 Marine report presents the latest climate projections for the marine environment in the United Kingdom. It includes comprehensive data on sea surface temperature, sea level rise, ocean circulation patterns, and marine ecosystems. The report assesses the potential impacts of climate change on marine industries, coastal areas, and biodiversity. It highlights the risks to coastal infrastructure, fisheries, and aquaculture. Adaptation strategies for the marine sector are emphasized, aiming to enhance resilience to changing conditions. The UKCP18 Marine report serves as a valuable tool for policymakers, businesses, and stakeholders to make informed decisions and develop effective measures to address climate challenges in the marine environment.

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    Climate change and ports: Impacts and adaptation strategies

    Author

    HR Wallingford

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Climate Change and Ports examines climate change effects on ports, including rising sea levels, storms, and erosion. Disruptions to port operations, infrastructure damage, and increased costs are highlighted. Adaptation strategies focus on resilient infrastructure, flood defences, and sustainable port design. Collaboration among stakeholders is emphasized, along with risk assessments and long-term planning to address vulnerabilities. Green infrastructure integration offers added protection. Overall, the study aims to provide insights and recommended strategies to ensure ports’ functionality and resilience amid changing climate conditions.

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    Maritime Resilience Breakthrough Labs: Resilience4Ports

    Through this program, Resilience Rising aim to mobilize a critical mass to create the scale and momentum necessary to break through the industry’s barriers to resilience. The program will improve the resilience practice across the ports value chain by bringing together stakeholders and a community of practitioners around a common framework to raise awareness and strengthen relationships, create a shared understanding of the needs and challenges, and clarify and connect decision-making and investment that can be taken to scale.

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    Climate Change and Navigation – Waterborne transport, ports and waterways: A review of climate change drivers, impacts, responses and mitigation

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2008

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    PIANC’s “Climate Change and Navigation” offers a comprehensive review of climate change drivers, impacts, responses, and mitigation in waterborne transport, ports, and waterways. It examines how rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and changing hydrology affect navigation infrastructure. The report emphasizes the urgency of integrating climate resilience into planning, design, and operations. It explores adaptive strategies, such as risk assessments, contingency planning, and data-driven decision-making, to manage climate-induced challenges. Mitigation measures, including green technologies and sustainable practices, are also discussed to reduce the carbon footprint of waterborne transport. The report provides crucial guidance for building climate resilience and sustainability in the maritime sector.

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    Resilience Primer: Ports

    Author

    The Resilience Shift

    Year

    2019

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Resilience Shift Primer: Ports provides guidance on building resilience in port infrastructure. It highlights the increasing risks ports face from climate change and other hazards. The primer emphasizes the importance of understanding and managing risks through comprehensive assessments, collaboration with stakeholders, and implementing adaptive strategies. Key elements include flexibility in design, integration of risk management in decision-making, and fostering a culture of resilience. It outlines practical steps to enhance resilience, including contingency planning, data-driven decision-making, and continuous learning. By adopting these principles, ports can improve their ability to withstand disruptions and ensure sustained operations in a changing and uncertain environment.

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