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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  • 17 items

    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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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    Port Economics, Management and Policy, Chapter 6.2 –- Port Efficiency

    Author

    Theo Notteboom, Athanasios Pallis and Jean-Paul Rodrigue

    Year

    2022

    Type

    Communities of Practice

    Breakthrough Ambition

    Port Economics, Management, and Policy analyses the contemporary port industry and how ports are organized to serve the global economy and regional and local development needs. It uses a conceptual background supported by extensive fieldwork and empirical observations, such as analyzing flows, ports, and the strategies and policies articulating their dynamics.

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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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    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 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 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 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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    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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