17 November 2016
COP22: IRF Geneva Releases a Manifesto on Climate Change Adaptation
The International Road Federation (IRF Geneva) supporting global action aiming at proactively combat the potential adverse impacts of climate change on transport has brought to the table of COP22 a Manifesto with key recommendations and action points on the issue of adaptation. Released this week in Marrakech, the document has gained the support of partner organisations from the sector beside the endorsement from IRF Geneva membership around the world.
Under the leadership of the Moroccan Government, adaptation and action on adaptation have gained centre stage at COP22 currently being hosted in Marrakech, Morocco till the end of the week.
As climate change and the threats its poses become increasingly apparent, it is also becoming clear that the transport sector is likely to be heavily affected by the negative impacts of climate change and that measures to protect transport infrastructure and services have to be put in place. Much of this action involves adapting existing transport infrastructure to the threats posed by climate change, and building resilient new infrastructure.
"Adaptation in transport should not be viewed in isolation, nor reduced to just technical infrastructure fixes. On the contrary, adaptation should be seen as part of a wider strategic approach, reflecting the interrelationships between transport (infrastructure and network operations), the local/regional economy and land use" says Susanna Zammataro, IRF Geneva Executive Director, presenting the IRF Manifesto at the Transport Day organised in Marrakech by PPMCI.
The IRF Manifesto underlines that given the uncertainties inherent in climate change and its impacts, it is necessary to plan, make policy and take action based on complete, relevant, accurate, and up-to-date data . "This is a shared concerned in the international community and in our sector in particular and the Manifesto calls strongly on the necessity to set data collection and management at the top of the priorities list when discussing action on adaptation" adds Mrs Zammataro.
"We are encouraged by the strong support that the document has received from all over the world and from other leading road transport organisations. It is a clear sign that there's convergence on the identified priorities especially when it comes to data, access to climate finance schemes, prioritisation of spending and creation of the conditions that will encourage the private sector to invest and deliver".
"We are delighted to work with the members of our Federation and with other key partners to further the transport agenda and to make sure that transport becomes an integral part of the climate negotiations and action" continues Mrs Zammataro. Sustainable mobility is a fundamental part of the quality of life of people and the backbone of the economy of any country in the world. Providing sustainable transport infrastructure and services is key to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) .