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

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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