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Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Coastal Transport Infrastructure

A Compilation of Policies and Practices

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This is a compilation of policies and practices that contribute to bridging a knowledge gap with regards to climate change impacts and adaptation for coastal transport infrastructure. It presents examples of legal and policy approaches, as well as of reports, studies and guidance to support climate risk, vulnerability and impact assessment, and the development of effective adaptation response measures for coastal transport infrastructure, with a view to informing and inspiring policy makers, national authorities, transport managers, infrastructure owners, and other stakeholders in their efforts.

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Examples of policies and plans relevant for climate change impacts and adaptation for coastal transport infrastructure

At national and regional level, countries are increasingly developing policies and plans with a view to facilitating climate change adaptation. Public authorities play a pivotal role by providing the appropriate policy framework with a view to promoting climate resilient coastal transport infrastructure. Governments efforts to facilitate climate-resilient infrastructure might target a range of policy areas, including: i) Improving risk assessment and information to support informed and evidence-based decision making by ensuring available and accessible data on projected climate variability and change; ii) Awareness raising and capacity building of relevant decision makers; iii) Screening and factoring climate risks into public investments; iv) Enabling infrastructure resilience through policy and regulation by removing policy or regulatory distortions, or adding regulatory requirements to consider climate risks; v) Encouraging climate risk disclosure; and vi) Revealing interdependencies and supporting the design of appropriate public policy (Vallejo et al., 2017).

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