Publish and Present
A Working Group within the World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure (PIANC) Environmental Commission is developing a standard of practice to support ports and other public and commercial navigation interests in managing environmental risks associated with navigation infrastructure projects. Decision making to manage these risks involves economic and environmental costs and is complicated by diverse policies, perspectives, risk attitudes, and personal values. The report will provide a robust, practical approach to managing environmental risks that considers physical, chemical, biological, and socioeconomic processes that can span broad spatial and temporal scales. Understanding and articulating uncertainties related to these processes is essential to developing projections regarding future risk management actions and adaptive management strategies. An overview will be provided of the structured management process through which actions for reducing environmental risks are identified, evaluated, selected, and implemented. Uncertainty (e.g., short-term infrastructure operations), long-range risks (e.g., climate change), residual risk, resiliency of natural features, and the role of sustainability and life-cycle analysis in risk management will be discussed. The approach is compatible with PIANC’s Working with Nature philosophy.