Navigating a Changing Climate

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Name of initiative Navigating a Changing Climate
LPAA initiative Yes
NAZCA Initiative Yes
Website address
Related initiatives
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat PIANC General Secretariat, Bâtiment Graaf de Ferraris - 11ième étage, Blvd. du Roi Albert II, 20 - Boîte 3, B-1000 Bruxelles, Belgium. Tel.: 32 2 553 71 61, E-mail: Focal Point:
Organisational structure PIANC (The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure) leads a partnership of nine international associations with interests in waterborne transport infrastructure and its operation/management. In addition to PIANC, the partners are:

- International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) - International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) - International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) - Smart Freight Centre (SFC) - European Dredging Association (EuDA) - European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) - Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST) - Inland Waterways International (IWI). Other organisations can register as 'supporters' of the Navigating a Changing Climate initiative. As of November 2019 we have 50 supporter organisations.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)
Type of lead organisation NGO/Civil Society, International organisation
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Belgium


Description A multi-stakeholder partnership of international associations working to develop and provide sector-specific technical and institutional resources to support the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure as they respond to the challenges of climate change.
Objectives Raise awareness about the challenges associated with navigating a changing climate. Encourage a shift to low carbon infrastructure; urgent action to improve resilience and adapt; and integrated solutions including Working with Nature.
Activities The Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan (downloadable at sets out a series of actions under four headings: raising awareness; shifting to low carbon infrastructure; strengthening resilience and adapting; and developing integrated solutions including Working with Nature.

Some of these actions are being promoted by a particular member of the coalition. For example, PIANC prepares and publishes technical guidance documents; IAPH runs the World Ports Sustainability Programme, of which climate change mitigation/energy and adaptation/resilience are important pillars; and the Smart Freight Centre is developing industry-specific carbon accounting methodologies. Other activities are carried out jointly, for example the organisation of an international conference on climate change mitigation and adaptation in 2017 (see with follow up events planned for 2020-2021; and the development, by IMarEST, of a one-stop-shop website for the navigation infrastructure sector ( In addition to the partner associations (see, organisations that support the objectives of the coalition can sign up as supporters (see In November 2019, there are 50 supporter organisations registered.

One or two success stories achieved Launch of World Ports Sustainability Programme with workstreams on energy and on resilience (March 2018) - IAPH.

Publication of sector-specific guidance on carbon management (April 2019) and on climate change adaptation planning (due December 2019) - PIANC. Acceptance of port call optimisation as a means of reducing emissions from vessels, and agreement on harmonisation of port call data (2019) - IHMA. Details about these success stories can be found using the search facility at or by contacting

Monitoring and Impacts

Sustainable Development Impact:
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Function of initiative Capacity building, Technical dialogue
Activity of initiative Training and education, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Knowledge production and innovation
Goals The partnership is committed to promoting a shift to low carbon inland and maritime navigation infrastructure; to building capacity and enhancing decision-making on mitigation and adaptation options; and to raising awareness of the need to act urgently to improve preparedness and strengthen the resilience of waterborne transport infrastructure, with an emphasis on Working with Nature.

The Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan (downloadable at sets out the roadmap for the initiative.

Comments on indicators and goals
How will goals be achieved The goals will be delivered via completion of a series of actions summarised in our Action Plan downloadable at
Have you changed or strenghtened your goals No change to goals but some actions have been amended or added to as a result of a gap analysis
Progress towards the goals Since the initiative was started in 2015, four new partners have joined (now 9 partner associations) and 50 organisations have signed up as supporters. An international conference has been held and other events are planned for 2020 and 2021. A website has been developed and now provides regular sector-specific updates for the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure. Various workshops have been held on mitigation and adaptation topics; and several industry-specific guidance documents or methodologies for carbon accounting and adaptation have been developed or are in progress.
How are you tracking progress of your initiative The Navigating a Changing Climate partners meet twice yearly to assess progress against the targets set out in the Action Plan. In addition to being documented internally, progress is reported through the Paris Process on Mobility and Climate (PPMC) facilitated by SLoCaT.
Available reporting Reports in the PPMC annual report, e.g.:


Participants Number Names
Members 50  
Companies 18 Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (France),Acclimatise (United Kingdom),Dredging Environmental and Marine Engineering (Belgium),Arup (Ireland),Ramboll (USA),Aurecon (Australia),Sprott Planning & Environment Pty Ltd (Australia),Cardno (Australia),London Maritime (United Kingdom),New York State Canal Corporation (USA),Acostasub (Spain),Applied Technology & Management (USA),JBA Consulting (United Kingdom),BremenPorts (Germany),New South Wales Ports (Australia),Norconsult (Norway),North Queensland Bulk Ports (Australia),Via Green (Brazil)
Business organisations 7 ANEBP (Spain),  European Inland Waterway Transport Platform (Belgium),  EFIP (Belgium),  International Bulk terminals Association - IBTA (United Kingdom),  Norwegian Ports Association (Norway),  Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (United Kingdom),  Ports Australia (Australia)
Research and educational organisations 8 Maritime Engineering Laboratory of the Barcelona-Tech University (Spain),  ERDC U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (USA),  University of Rhode Island Dept. of Marine Affairs (USA),  COPRI (USA),  CEREMA (France),  Deltares (Netherlands),  IFSTTAR (France),  SedNet (Netherlands)
Non-governmental organisations 8 UK Maritime Pilots' Association (United Kingdom),  European Maritime Pilots' Association (United Kingdom),  ICHCA (United Kingdom),  Mariritime Pilots Malaysia (Malaysia),  Royal Yachting Association (United Kingdom),  Associated Marine Officers' and Seamen's Union of the Philippines (Philippines),  Inland Navigation Europe (Belgium),  PIANC UK (United Kingdom).
National states 0
Governmental actors 1 Puertos del Estado - Spanish State Ports (Spain).
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 5 Port of London Authority (United Kingdom),  Montreal Port Authority (Canada),  Port of Trois-Rivières (Canada),  Port Saint John (Canada),  Port of Antwerp (Belgium)
Intergovernmental organisations 0
Financial Institutions 0
Other members 3 below50 (Switzerland),  SLoCaT - Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (China),  UNCTAD Trade Logistics Branch (Switzerland).
Supporting partners 9 Partners in the initiative are:

- The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) - International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) - International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA) - International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA) - Smart Freight Centre (SFC) - European Dredging Association (EuDA) - European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO) - Institute of Marine Engineering,  Science & Technology (IMarEST) - Inland Waterways International (IWI)

Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Not only have national states as participators