Port Industry Survey on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation

UNCTAD Research Paper No. 18

Given the concentration of populations, assets and services associated with ports, the size and value of built infrastructure, and the key role of ports as part of the network of international supply-chains, responding effectively to the impacts of climate change on ports and their land-based access points is of strategic economic importance.

This report relates the key findings of the survey, together with some additional information about climate trends and climate-related impacts on seaports.

The report is comprised of a survey sample which collectively handle more than 16 % of global seaborne trade and can be considered as representative. Although the majority of respondents had been impacted by weather/climate related events, including by extremes, the study revealed important gaps in terms of relevant information available to seaports of all sizes and across regions, with implications for effective climate risk assessment and adaptation planning.

Port Industry Survey on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation  - UNCTAD Research Paper No. 18  (UNCTAD/SER.RP/2017/18/Rev.1)
05 Jan 2018