Another of PIANC’s strategic objectives for the future is concerned with climate change mitigation and adaptation. More information on PIANC’s climate change activities can be found by clicking here.
Working with Nature has a potentially important role as a tool in helping to facilitate effective climate change adaptation through natural resilience. Adopting the approach indicated in the steps shown above should both:
Help to ensure understanding of the implications of changes in temperature, precipitation, sea level, etc. for the natural environment.
Allow the user to ‘climate proof’ future navigation infrastructure.
‘Doing things in a different order’ as suggested by Working with Nature therefore provides an ideal opportunity to build climate change projections into the project planning and design - identifying opportunities to reduce the vulnerability of natural ecosystems and improve their resilience at the same time as realising navigation infrastructure objectives.