PIANC Launches Climate Declaration
10 December 2019 - During the Round Table on Resilience at COP25 in Madrid, Spain, the President of the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) will launch the association’s Declaration on Climate Change.
In addition to recognising the role of waterborne transport infrastructure owners and operators in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Declaration focuses on the urgent need to strengthen resilience, and adapt port and waterway infrastructure and operations to the effects of climate change. In particular, it highlights that climate change adaptation action does not need to be complex or costly. There are many simple and relatively inexpensive measures that can be put in place to help strengthen the resilience of critical navigation infrastructure.
Taking prudent early steps such as those highlighted in the Declaration will help ensure that waterborne transport assets and operations are better prepared to withstand future changes and, in circumstances such as extreme weather events where damage or disruption prove unavoidable, to recover quickly and efficiently.
Through the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative PIANC is working with other key players in the waterborne transport infrastructure sector to develop, disseminate and share relevant climate
change knowledge, experience and information.
This Declaration provides a ‘call-to-arms’ for the sector to accelerate and scale up action, urgently and decisively, in order to reduce the potentially significant risks that climate change poses to waterborne transport businesses, operations, safety and infrastructure.
Find out more at https://www.pianc.org