Local planning for climate adaptation in coastal Queensland

Zeppel, Heather (2013) Local planning for climate adaptation in coastal Queensland. In: 4th Queensland Coastal Conference 2013: Castles in the Sand, 2-4 Oct 2013, Townsville, Australia.

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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 climate adaptation actions for nature, governance and community is required for enhanced adaptive capacity at the local level.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - USQ Other
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2013 00:06
Last Modified: 02 Aug 2017 02:04
Uncontrolled Keywords: climate change adaptation; coastal planning; Queensland local councils; preparedness
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1604 Human Geography > 160404 Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning)
12 Built Environment and Design > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning
05 Environmental Sciences > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
D Environment > 96 Environment > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24318

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