Australia, Climate Change and the Sea Change Phenomenon

By Melissa Nursey-Bray and Janette Robin Shaw.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) has been embraced world wide in the management of the multiple impacts along our coastlines. Australia has been no exception, having a long history of development of coastal zone management from the Resource Assessment Commission’s inquiry into the coast in the early 1990s, to the establishment of the National Coastal Zone Management Framework. However, with the sea change phenomenon and threats to the coast as a result of sea level rise, there is a need to assess the suitability of conventional criteria for ICZM. This paper, using case studies of Victoria and Tasmania, Australia, considers whether the challenges of coastal migration and climate change merit new approaches for ICZM. We argue that building adaptive capacity and adaptive learning strategies must be incorporated as further and discrete criteria within coastal zone planning instruments.

Keywords: Integrated Coastal Zone Management, Australia, Climate Change, Sea Change

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp.67-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 652.791KB).

Dr. Melissa Nursey-Bray

Lecturer, National Centre for Marine Conservation and Marine Sustainability, Australian Maritime College, Invermay, Tasmania, Australia

Originally from Adelaide I came from a history and politics background to move into Indigenous resource management by training Indigenous Rangers in natural resource management across Northern Australia. I have since worked for government, Inidgenous groups, ENGOs and universities. My core interest is the investigation of how communities can become involved in and contribute to environmental management. Most recently this has included consideration of how social science can help build community capacity to resolve global problems such as climate change. I am currently a social sciences lecturer at the Australian Maritime College teaching courses in marine sustainability and management and the application of qualitative methodologies. I am co-convenor of the Social Sciences Climate Change Research Network (SSCCRN).

Janette Robin Shaw

Lecturer, Conservation and Biology, Australian Maritime College, Rosebud, Tasmania, Australia

Areas of work include Strategic Planning, Resource Management, Ocean Governance and marine policy, institutional arrangements, Globalization and coastal management. Jan’s background is in government, leading conservation policy and programs, including the Wetlands Policy and program and Sustainable Energy Program for business for Victoria, Australia. Current research considers interactions between coastal, freshwater and ocean sciences and policy, particularly the development of integrated frameworks and criteria to eliminate inconsistencies in achieving sustainable management. Research to determine key decision making for the Governance of Marine Areas beyond National Jurisdiction. Current research project is the Comparison of integrated coastal management in different locations.

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