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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: