Cultural perspectives of the coast affect – and are affected by – our marine ethics, frameworks for coastal ownership and management practices. In this paper we examine how cultural perspectives affect sustainability on the coast. In Australia, cultural perspectives of the coast include an ecosystem with intrinsic values, a commodity that can be bought and sold, a community place where people meet, a landscape with aesthetic appeal, a productive system that generates profits, a property to be managed, a spiritual realm that relates to proper order and reverence, an Australian Aboriginal realm, an arena of potential sustainability, or a combination of the above. Each of these cultural perspectives interacts with the others and this can create conflicts over rights and responsibilities. This paper explores the negative and positive implications of these cultural perspectives and makes suggestions about which are most appropriate to a goal of sustainability. Examples are drawn from recent coastal developments in Australia, such as Native Title debates, the marine protected area process and Coastcare.
|Keywords:||Cultural, Perspective, Sustainability, Management, Coast, Australia|
Associate Professor, Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), Curtin University of Technology, Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia
Research Associate, Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute, Australia
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