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Ports are economic development accelerators since they facilitate trade, tourism, support global supply chains and are significant employers. Seaports are highly vulnerable to natural hazards, most likely to be affected by climate change and rising sea levels. Disasters in ports have a cascading effect with disruptions in supply chain, local and worldwide manufacturing plants, tourism, and the local, regional, and global economies.

Building resilience in seaport systems is critical and needs stakeholder engagement. Since ports are more business-focused, having an edge on the global economy, future trends in the maritime industry should be considered while building future resilient measures. To build resilient seaport systems, it is also essential to gain a deeper understanding of the significant challenges and risks that ports and their related systems encounter as a result of climate change and other hazards, as well as ramifications of port interruptions.

The DRI dialogue will discuss:

  1.  What are the major changes anticipated in the maritime industry that must be considered while planning the disaster and climate resilience of seaports?
  2. How can we minimize the impact of port disruptions due to disasters on port cities and communities?
  3. What can be possible opportunities and challenges in public and private investors mobilizing finance for resilient and sustainable seaport infrastructure projects