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The Port of Barcelona is a participating incentive provider in the World Ports Climate Initiative's Environmental Ship Index.

Mitigation and moving towards low carbon waterborne transport infrastructure

All sectors must play their part in climate change mitigation. The waterborne transport infrastructure sector is no exception.

Port and waterway infrastructure and operations typically account for only a very small proportion of the total greenhouse gas emissions associated with the shipment of a particular consignment. The most significant proportion by far is associated with the sea voyage, and a varying amount with connecting transport.

It is nonetheless important that the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure take steps to minimise the emissions associated with their activities if they are to contribute to the ‘less-than-2-degrees’ pathway.

The associations represented on the the Navigating a Changing Climate Partnership recognise the importance – and the urgency – of implementing effective mitigation measures and of moving towards low carbon infrastructure.

Coalition members further acknowledge the need for innovation alongside conventional emissions-reduction measures: for example initiatives aimed at improving integration to increase energy efficiency or at creating carbon sinks in coastal areas by Working with Nature.

As with other sectors, such innovation has the potential to bring associated social, employment and economic opportunities.

Monday, 14 June 2021 10:58

Call for Presentations - Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Infrastructure

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Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways

Online Workshop Sponsored by: PIANC and Navigating a Changing Climate

Likely dates: 14 and/or 15 September 2021

Announcement and request for presentations

PIANC’s Environment Commission (EnviCom) and the Navigating a Changing Climate partners are collaborating to run a workshop entitled Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways. This workshop, which will comprise two consecutive half-day sessions, builds on a 2021 workshop run by Navigating a Changing Climate with SedNet ( focused on sediment management and climate change.

The workshop Working with Nature for Climate-Resilient Ports and Waterways is designed to facilitate knowledge exchange, disseminate good practice, highlight opportunities, and identify gaps in understanding or research needs in relation to the following themes:

- Scaling Up: How to transition from concept and pilot-scale nature-based solutions to full-scale coastal and inland resiliency projects  

- Changing Entrenched Current Practice: How to persuade those who prefer to carry on with business as usual to explore nature-based alternatives to help strengthen resilience to the changing climate

- Making a Business Case: Preparing the case for investment in nature-based solutions including for climate-resilient win-win opportunities

- Finance: How to facilitate public and private sector funding for nature-based climate change adaptation and resiliency projects.

Case studies illustrating both successes and failures are especially welcome.

Those interested in presenting at this workshop are encouraged to prepare a one-page abstract explaining what their presentation would cover and indicating which of the above themes is most relevant. Presentations will be limited to ten minutes. All presenters will then be invited to join a subsequent panel discussion.

The abstract should state the main presenter’s name, affiliation, and email address; and identify co-authors and presenters. Please submit abstracts to and copy to Victor Magar () and Kate Panayotou (). The email title line should be marked with “PIANC‑NavClimate Working with Nature Workshop.” The deadline for abstract submission is 30 June 2021