Resilience4Ports:
Knowledge Library

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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    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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    Beneficial Use for Sustainable Waterborne Transport Infrastructure Projects

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    This PIANC report addresses the need for innovative and sustainable approaches to manage dredged sediment in light of societal challenges like urbanization, environmental pressures, and climate change. It emphasizes the principles of Beneficial Use (BU) while recognizing the varying socio-economic, environmental, and legal conditions across regions. The report underscores the importance of evaluating BU potential diligently for sediment dredging projects, tailored to site-specific conditions. It outlines how dredged sediment can yield environmental, societal, and economic benefits, aiming to inform and promote BU practices on a global scale. Achieving these goals calls for a shift in perspectives, requiring collaborative planning among stakeholders for future BU projects.

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    Waterborne Transport, Ports and Waterways: A 2023 Update of Climate Change Drivers and Impacts

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    This report updates the 2008 EnviCom Task Group 3 on Climate Change and Navigation by incorporating knowledge from various IPCC reports. It highlights key findings, including rising air and water temperatures leading to increased sea levels, more intense extreme weather events, and ongoing impacts even if greenhouse gas emissions cease. The report delves into how these changes affect maritime and inland navigation, encompassing factors like wind conditions, waves, storm patterns, hydrodynamics, and water quality. It also discusses navigation’s role in greenhouse gas emissions and its potential to aid in emission reduction efforts. Adaptation measures and resilience strengthening are emphasized.

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    Environmental Aspects of Dredging, Port and Waterway Construction around Coastal Plant Habitats

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2023

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    PIANC’s Working Group 157 presents international best management practices in its guidelines to protect coastal plant habitats like mangroves, salt marshes, seagrass beds, and macroalgal communities during dredging and construction activities. These ecosystems play a crucial role in climate change mitigation, offering coastal protection and carbon storage. The guide emphasizes environmental monitoring, adaptive management, impact assessment, and techniques for minimizing, mitigating, or compensating damage. It also highlights habitat restoration and beneficial reuse of dredged materials. Crafted by a team of global experts, the guidelines incorporate case studies and aim to facilitate responsible environmental management in coastal plant habitats near dredging and construction sites worldwide, albeit without mandatory compliance.

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Position Paper on Climate Change Adaptation

    Author

    ESPO

    Year

    2020

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    ESPO’s Climate Change Adaptation Position Paper highlights the urgency of climate change adaptation for European ports. It emphasizes the serious threat climate change poses to port infrastructure, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events. The paper calls for mainstreaming climate change adaptation into EU legislation and financial instruments. Strengthened funding options are urged to cover the increased financial burden of adapting port infrastructure. The importance of reliable data-driven climate proofing guidance and the recognition of ports as critical infrastructure are emphasized. ESPO urges immediate action to integrate climate adaptation strategies into port planning and decision-making to ensure their resilience and sustainability in the face of climate challenges.

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    Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure: A Compilation of Policies and Practices

    Author

    UNCTAD

    Year

    2020

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    “Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure: A Compilation of Policies and Practices” provides a comprehensive overview of the effects of climate change on coastal transport infrastructure and offers various policies and practices to address these challenges. The document emphasizes the vulnerability of ports and coastal transport systems to rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and flooding. It compiles a range of adaptation strategies, risk assessments, and technical solutions to enhance the climate resilience of coastal infrastructure. The aim is to guide policymakers, stakeholders, and industry professionals in developing effective climate change adaptation measures for sustainable and resilient coastal transportation systems.

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    Resilience of the Maritime and Inland Waterborne Transport System

    PIANC’s “Resilience of the Maritime and Inland Waterborne Transport System” provides a comprehensive overview of enhancing resilience in the transport sector. The document highlights the importance of mitigating risks and building adaptive capacity to withstand disruptions caused by natural disasters, climate change, and other shocks. It explores various resilience strategies, including infrastructure planning, risk assessment, emergency response measures, and adaptive governance. By fostering collaboration among stakeholders and incorporating resilience principles into decision-making, the guidance aims to create a robust and adaptable maritime and inland waterborne transport system that can effectively cope with challenges and ensure continued operation and sustainability in the face of uncertainties.

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    Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Ports and Inland Waterways

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2020

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    PIANC’s Climate Change Adaptation Planning for Ports and Inland Waterways provides guidance on addressing climate change impacts on port and inland waterway infrastructure. The document outlines key vulnerabilities, such as sea-level rise, extreme weather events, and changing hydrology, and offers comprehensive strategies to enhance climate resilience. It emphasizes the importance of risk assessments, adaptive management, and integrating climate considerations into planning and design processes. By incorporating sustainable and flexible solutions, the guidance aims to assist port authorities and waterway managers in effectively adapting to climate change, ensuring long-term viability and minimizing disruptions to global trade and transportation.

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    Climate change impacts on seaports: A growing threat to sustainable trade and development

    Author

    Regina Asariotis (UNCTAD)

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The article discusses the growing threat of climate change impacts on seaports and their importance for sustainable trade and development. Seaports are crucial for global trade and the blue economy, but they are highly exposed to climate-related hazards such as rising sea levels, storm surges, and flooding. As climate change intensifies, economic losses from damages and disruptions to supply chains may increase significantly. The need to enhance climate resilience for seaports is urgent, particularly for small island developing states and vulnerable coastal nations. Adaptation measures, risk assessments, and investment in resilient infrastructure are essential to mitigate the risks and ensure sustainable development and trade.

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    Sediment management opportunities to address the climate change challenge

    Author

    SedNet and Navigating a Changing Climate

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Joint SedNet-Navigating a Changing Climate Workshop, held on February 10th-11th, 2021, focused on sediment management’s significance in addressing climate change challenges. The outcomes highlighted the role of sediments as carbon sinks, aiding in greenhouse gas mitigation. Proper sediment management in coastal areas can enhance carbon storage, reduce emissions, and bolster coastal resilience against erosion while promoting ecosystem health. The workshop emphasized the importance of recognizing and implementing sustainable sediment management strategies to harness their potential for climate change mitigation and create more resilient environments.

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