United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that services the Inland Transport Committee
Description/achievement of initiative
CCAITN identifies potential climatic impacts on transport infrastructure; determines costs of climatic impacts for international inland transport networks, including broader implications for trade and development of impacted countries and identifies the requirements for corresponding adaptation responses; Identifies existing best practices in national policies and risk management, formulation of relevant strategies to enhance the resilience of international transport networks, through changes in infrastructure design and operation planning and management, taking into account specific risks/vulnerabilities; determines specific technical adaptation construction parameters for transport infrastructure in specific geographical regions and for different climatic impacts that ensure long-term sustainability of international transport infrastructure.
CCAITN takes stock of the available data and analysis of climate change impacts on international transport networks; collects information on all relevant planning, management, organizational and other initiatives for adaptation of transport networks to climate change; prepares, in a coordinated manner, recommendations or proposals to member Governments, with a view to improving the adaptability of transport networks to climate change in areas such as: infrastructure, risk-assessment methodology, evaluation of adaptive measures, risk management, training tools, and cross-border information sharing
by national transport authorities. CCAITN will identify suitable methodological approaches for gathering and disseminating relevant information, i.e. conducting studies, distributing questionnaires, using existing studies and national strategies, existing best practices in risk management and in technical adaptation construction parameters/ measures and financing of adaptation measures, and it will identify any necessary data (including specific geological or meteorological data elements) required with regard to regions or countries that run a higher risk of being impacted, are particularly vulnerable, or are already experiencing the effects of climate change on their transport networks.