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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  • 24 items

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Adaptation and Resilience Breakthroughs: The global transformation towards resilient development ahead of COP27

    Author

    Race to Resilience

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Adaptation and Resilience Breakthroughs report highlights the urgent need to accelerate global efforts in adaptation and resilience ahead of COP27. While progress in mitigating climate change is essential, the report emphasizes that it is insufficient to prevent climate devastation. The Breakthroughs aim to achieve system-level transformations and measurable outcomes by 2030, focusing on key impact areas such as climate-resilient agriculture, food security, water and nature conservation, climate-smart energy, and improved urban planning. The report calls for radical collaboration among various stakeholders, including non-state actors, to implement transformative solutions and align with the Race to Resilience campaign’s goal of making 4 billion vulnerable people more resilient by 2030.

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    The Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs

    Author

    Resilience Rising, Arup, Lloyds Register, Race to Resilience

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Maritime Resilience Breakthroughs aim to enhance resilience in the maritime sector, particularly focusing on ports. As a major contributor to greenhouse gases, the industry faces challenges from climate change and geopolitical uncertainty. Resilience efforts target climate-adapting ports, taking specific actions to factor in climate risks. Achieving breakthroughs requires a whole system approach involving collaboration among stakeholders, policy makers, and local communities. The initiative, including the Resilience4Ports Lab, seeks to build port resilience by COP27. Ultimately, the goal is to ensure the sector can adapt to changing conditions and recover from shocks, benefiting both ports and coastal communities.

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    Review of Maritime Transport

    Author

    UNCTAD

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Review of Maritime Transport is an UNCTAD flagship report, published annually since 1968 provides an analysis of structural and cyclical changes affecting seaborne trade, ports and shipping, as well as an extensive collection of statistics from maritime trade and transport.
    This year’s edition of the report has a special focus on the COVID-19 pandemic’s impact on the industry and includes a special chapter on the challenges seafarers face in view of the crewing crisis.

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    Shipping disruption: Why are so many queuing to get to the US?

    Author

    Jack Goodman & Micah Luxen (BBC Reality Check)

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Severe shipping disruptions in California’s major ports, Long Beach and Los Angeles, caused record-breaking queues of container ships in October 2021. The congestion was attributed to a surge in cargo due to global pandemic production shifts and longstanding supply chain challenges. The backlog created delays in unloading. Increased consumer goods demand, particularly toys and appliances, contributed to the problem. Factors like pandemic-induced labor shortages, port lockdowns in China, and infrastructure inadequacies compounded the crisis. Despite remedial efforts, industry experts anticipated a prolonged backlog.

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    Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership Action Plan

    Author

    Navigating a Changing Climate

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan is an international initiative aimed at addressing climate change challenges in the maritime sector. It focuses on integrating climate considerations into maritime planning and decision-making processes. The partnership engages with diverse stakeholders, sharing resources and best practices to enhance climate resilience. By promoting cooperation and awareness, the plan seeks to ensure a sustainable and climate-resilient future for the maritime industry, including governments, port authorities, academia, and NGOs.

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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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    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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