Building resilient ports and harbours

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When disasters disrupt port operations, they can cause significant economic losses on a global scale. Adapting ports to a changing climate and investing in disaster resilience is critical to reduce the economic impacts from catastrophic events.

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Shipping ports are crucial for the global economy. They handle the majority of trade, and transportation hubs and provide employment. Ports are located in coastal areas or on large rivers and are exposed to natural hazards such as storms and floods.
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New marine navigation system to increase safety, commerce and real-time observations.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Local, state and federal leaders recently marked efforts to restore the Saxon Harbor. They hope changes made will prevent damage from more frequent, intense storms.
Wisconsin Public Radio
Ports and connecting coastal transport infrastructure form complex systems that can be heavily impacted by rising mean sea levels, storm surges and extreme waves.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
2018

A UNCTAD UN Development Account project has been carried out with the objective to design/test a methodological framework for assessing climate impacts on the coastal transportation infrastructure of Small Island Developing States(SIDS), with an emphasis

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
2018

Jamaica, and other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, are especially vulnerable to climate change. This is due to:

  • The location of the Caribbean – within the “hurricane alley” of the Atlantic;
  • The geographic nature of the islands
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
2019

The present compilation presents examples of legal, regulatory and policy approaches, as well as of reports, studies and guidance to support climate risk, vulnerability and impact assessment, and the development of effective adaptation response measures

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
2018

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) are heavily dependent on coastal transport infrastructure—including ports, airports, and their access roads—for economic activity. That same coastal transport infrastructure is often highly vulnerable to impacts of

United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
BPA and HR Wallingford have published a paper examining the potentially far-reaching impacts of climate change on ports and how the sector can adapt.
British Ports Association
After the explosion of Beirut on 4 August 2020, the institutes in charge of cultural heritage safeguarding have activated a prompt response, also at international level.
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