Climate Change Adaptation for International Transport Networks (CCAITN)
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.

Implementation methodologies

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.

Partner(s)

United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) that services the Inland Transport Committee
Deliverables
Deliverable Date
CCAITN study 2013
Development of technical adaptation construction parameters / measures for specific transport infrastructure and geographical regions (high risk of being impacted) 2017
Development of technical adaptation construction parameters / measures for specific transport infrastructure and geographical regions (medium risk of being impacted) 2020
Development of technical adaptation construction parameters / measures for specific transport infrastructure and geographical regions (low risk of being impacted) 2023
Resources devoted to implementation
Type Details
Staff / Technical expertise Climate change scientists; transport infrastructure engineers;

Information
  • Location: Global
  • Date of completion: 2023
Contact
Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Economic Affairs Officers, Konstantinos.alexopoulos@unece.org

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