Will Glamore
Welcome to our first 2020 PIANC A-NZ newsletter for members and colleagues.  We had an excellent year in 2019, and 2020 is already well underway. In the wake of the bushfire tragedies and prolonged drought, it's timely to note how many of our latest stories are focused on climate change, including PIANC International's Climate Change Declaration at COP25.   
We look forward to seeing you this June in Fremantle at our new Conference series, the PIANC Asia Pacific Conference (APAC), which includes the exciting pre-Conference Seminar "Nature-based Solutions for Coasts, Ports, and Estuaries." In the meantime please follow our updates on LinkedIn or our website

PIANC APAC - 16-19 JUNE 2020
Abstracts invited on a wide range of topics!
Closing date for asbstract submissions 28 Feb 2020

PIANC APAC is the new biennial forum for all PIANC members from Asia Pacific and beyond. This new conference series will focus on harbours, ports and recreational boating in the Asia Pacific region.

A reminder that abstract submissions close 28 Feb 2020. 

Extended abstracts on wide variety of topics covering theory, measurement, analysis, environmental effects, modelling and practice are invited from issues across all PIANC Commissions (MarCom, InCom, RecCom, EnviCom, CoCom and YPCom), on the following themes:
  • Ports and marine facilities – design and construction
  • Recreational facilities, waterfront development and marinas
  • Port planning 
  • Navigation
  • Dredging and reclamation
  • Working with nature
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation 
  • Coastal processes and risk implications                  
  • Environmental aspects and ecosystem services
  • Sustainability, and stakeholder engagement 
  • Economic, social, legal and political aspects.
The Conference will not include any full peer reviewed papers, rather authors are required to submit two page extended abstracts following the template provided at

PIANC APAC 2020 will be held in the vibrant city of Fremantle from 16 - 19 June 2020. Non PIANC members are also welcome. Registrations are open now!

For any queries, please contact the Conference Secretariat on +61 3 9863 7607 or
Register here!

Nature-based Solutions for Coasts, Ports, and Estuaries

PIANC A-NZ warmly invites you to this exciting and timely
pre-Conference Symposium 

In recent years there has been growing focus on adopting nature-based solutions in flooding and erosion risk management projects. These solutions use natural processes and ecosystems, to provide an alternative,’green infrastructure’ form of protection. Such ecosystems include reefs, wetlands, submerged aquatic vegetation, mangroves, as well as hybrid approaches that integrate both traditional and nature-based approaches. 

The Symposium will highlight the latest innovations worldwide, lessons learnt, and implementation challenges from users across a spectrum of backgrounds – from researchers to practitioners to end users. It will provide essential knowledge and leadership for the future.

If you are interested in presenting in this Symposium, please contact Ryan Lowe on
Register here!


PIANC WG 147 (RecCom) - 'Guidelines for Managing the Relationship between Recreational Navigation and Commercial Ports' has been released!. The aim of this report is to identify best practice recommendations for the operation, planning and design of recreational navigation to minimise potential conflicts with other types of traffic and seek a new approach to positive synergies.  PIANC members can download their free copy here.  Non-members can purchase their copy here. 
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PIANC A-NZ Yearbook 2019

PIANC A-NZ was busy in 2019 with 18 events including conferences, seminars and networking. But, as Chair Will Glamore noted, "Of most importance was the establishment of our Regional Chapters. Located across the region, the chapters provide an easy way to connect with PIANC Australia and New Zealand and get involved with various leadership opportunities."  See our Yearbook for some more of our achievements in 2019.
Download Yearbook Here


Following eighteen years as Chair of PIANC A&NZ, Neil Lawson achieved something no other Australian or New Zealander has achieved in the history of PIANC –becoming a Vice President of PIANC International in June 2017.
Now just over halfway through his four year term we can report on the some of the activities that he has been involved in.
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Since 1885, PIANC has established best practice in ports, harbours, and inland waterways worldwide. Despite its age and complex international structure, PIANC has been a leader in environmental issues including climate change. In December 2019 a formal statement on the climate emergency was released at COP25. PIANC A-NZ is proud to support this declaration and ongoing actions of ports and waterways everywhere. 
Read the Declaration


Climate change represents a significant risk to business, operations, safety and infrastructure – and hence to local, national and global economies.   Port and waterway operators need to take urgent action to strengthen resilience and adapt. This FREE TO ALL report provides methodological support to the recent PIANC Declaration on Climate Change, enabling PIANC’s members and all our colleagues in the wider navigation infrastructure community to take timely action.
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The Port of Darwin is a hub of commercial and recreational activity, linking both business and leisure with its maritime environment. With recent and planned major projects shaping Darwin and its port activities, PIANC YP-Com recently took the opportunity to provide an event that would connect the local coastal and maritime community. This very successful event was organised by local YP-Com Rep Jade Hundziak - thank you Jade!
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Congratulations to PIANC A-NZ Board member and esteemed coastal engineer Greg Britton! At the 2019 NSW Coastal Conference Greg was awarded the Ruth Readford Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award honours an individual who has dedicated significant energies, time and commitment to improving planning and/or the management of the NSW coast.
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The 10th International Conference on Coastal and Port Engineering in Developing Countries COPEDEC 2020 is to be held in Manila 16-20 November 2020. 

PIANC A-NZ Board Member Ron Cox would like to encourage all our members and colleagues to consider attending this conference, which has 50% of attendees from developing countries. Ron says, "I have attended all COPEDEC conferences and have found them of high quality and invigorating."

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What is PIANC? 

The World Association for Waterborne Transport Infrastructure

PIANC (which stands for the Permanent International Association of Navigational Congresses) is the forum where professionals around the world join forces to provide expert guidance on cost-effective, reliable and sustainable infrastructure to facilitate waterborne transport.

Established in 1885, PIANC, a non-political and non-profit organisation, continues to be the leading partner for government and the private sector in the design, development and maintenance of ports, waterways and coastal areas.  

PIANC Australia & New Zealand is a National Section of PIANC International.
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