Local adaptation responses in climate change planning in coastal Queensland

Zeppel, Heather (2012) Local adaptation responses in climate change planning in coastal Queensland. Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 18 (3). pp. 341-361. ISSN 1324-0935

Abstract

This paper reviews adaptation actions in climate change strategies by four urban Queensland coastal councils (e.g. Cairns, Gold Coast, Redland, and Sunshine Coast), and two community-based climate action plans for Bribie Island, and the Noosa Biosphere. The actions in these six plans are analysed for their adaptive response categories: Emphasising Nature, Emphasising Development and Managed Nature (Vasey-Ellis 2009), along with Council Governance of climate change, and Emphasising Community. Climate change planning and infrastructure responses by Queensland coastal councils mainly focus on protecting coastal development from erosion and other climate hazards, and building community resilience, supplemented by 'soft' environmental actions protecting nature. While some climate change plans for coastal areas included actions for shoreline erosion, coastal inundation, and storm surges, only two addressed sea level rise impacts. This review found an integrated mix of adaptation actions for nature, governance and community is required for enhanced adaptive capacity at the local level.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 10 Jan 2013 03:25
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 05:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change; adaptation; resilience; planning; coastal Queensland
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160605 Environmental Politics
05 Environmental Sciences > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22690

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