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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  • 29 items

    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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    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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    Managing Climate Change Uncertainties in Selecting, Designing and Evaluating Options for Resilient Navigation Infrastructure

    Author

    PIANC

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Managing Climate Change Uncertainties explores uncertainties in selecting, designing, and evaluating resilient navigation infrastructure amidst climate change. The study acknowledges the unpredictability of future climate conditions, including rising sea levels and extreme weather events. It focuses on navigation infrastructure’s adaptability, considering various scenarios and uncertainties. The research aims to identify optimal options for infrastructure design, ensuring it can withstand and respond to potential climate impacts. By addressing uncertainties through risk assessments and adaptive planning, the study provides valuable guidance for developing resilient navigation infrastructure that can effectively navigate the challenges posed by climate change.

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    Resilience4Ports: Gateways to a resilient future

    Author

    The Resilience Shift

    Year

    2021

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    The report Resilience4Ports highlights the importance of enhancing port resilience to withstand disruptions and uncertainties. It emphasizes the need for a systems approach, involving stakeholders, to effectively address challenges in ports worldwide. The report identifies key resilience attributes and recommends the integration of resilience into port management practices. Emphasis is placed on understanding vulnerabilities and promoting adaptability, considering climate change impacts. Furthermore, the report calls for collaboration between governments, port operators, and communities to develop resilient strategies that can ensure continuous and sustainable port operations, supporting global trade and economic growth.

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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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    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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