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THE climate change conference for ports, harbours and inland waterways

27-28 March 2017

Crowne Plaza, Brussels, Belgium


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The PIANC-led Think Climate coalition* is pleased to announce a major

international climate change conference dedicated to the interests

of waterborne transport infrastructure owners, operators and users.





Climate change is an important and growing focus of attention.  The Paris Agreement on climate change, which came into force on 4th November 2016, is an ambitious international agreement that aims to combat climate change and adapt to its effects.  Coming years are likely to see massive efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and move to low carbon solutions across all sectors: navigation infrastructure is no exception.  Notwithstanding the Paris Agreement, however, it is also widely agreed that continuing change in certain climate parameters is now unavoidable. Resilience will need to be strengthened and waterborne transport infrastructure will need to adapt.  Preparedness will be critical.

In November 2016, world leaders met at the COP22 meetings in Marrakech, Morocco with an emphasis on action. 


This conference will help the owners, operators and users of waterborne transport infrastructure understand what action is needed to reduce emissions

and adapt to climate change, and what tools are available.


The conference will have three main themes, reflecting the work streams in the Think Climate coalition’s Navigating a Changing Climate Action Plan:

·         MITIGATION: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and moving towards low- or no-carbon navigation infrastructure

·         ADAPTATION: strengthening resilience and adapting waterborne transport infrastructure to projected changes in sea level, storminess, precipitation, river flow, air and water temperature, waves, wind, fog and other climate parameters

·         INTEGRATION: opportunities to contribute to climate change mitigation or adaptation by supporting intermodality, Working with Nature or integrated coastal management.


Further details about the Navigating a Changing Climate conference are available in the brochure. 

The draft programme is also available, along with information about an optional site visit to the Port of Zeebrugge.  Click here for more information.


* Think Climate includes the following organisations:


·         World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC)                       

·         International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH)

·         International Harbour Masters’ Association (IHMA)           

·         International Maritime Pilots’ Association (IMPA)

·         International Bulk Terminals Association (IBTA) Smart Freight Centre (SFC)

·         European Dredging Association (EuDA)

·         European Sea Ports Organisation (ESPO)

·         Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST)

·         Inland Waterways International (IWI)


More information is available at