Long-lived infrastructure is inherently exposed to climate risks through its longevity, irreversibility and high initial capital cost. Major transport infrastructure is often designed for a lifetime measured in many decades and may be operational in a future climate that will be significantly different to the historical climate commonly used for planning and design. This policy brief focuses on port infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa.
It investigates the climate change risks, the use of climate services in decision-making and makes recommendations for actions to enhance the resilience of port infrastructure. It summarises a more comprehensive paper2 prepared to support the scoping phase of the Future Climate for Africa (FCFA) programme for the ports sector.
Woolhouse, G.; Lumbroso, D. Using climate information to achieve long-term development objectives for African ports. (2015) 6 pp.