Negotiating local decision making to manage coastal inundation : certainty, precedence, precaution and practicality

O'Toole, Kevin and Coffey, Brian 2012, Negotiating local decision making to manage coastal inundation : certainty, precedence, precaution and practicality, in 2012 Australian Coastal Councils Conference and Coastal Research Forum, [National Sea Change Taskforce], [Hobart, Tasmania].

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Title Negotiating local decision making to manage coastal inundation : certainty, precedence, precaution and practicality
Author(s) O'Toole, Kevin
Coffey, Brian
Conference name Australian Coastal Councils Conference and Coastal Research Forum (2012 : Hobart, Tasmania)
Conference location Hobart, Tasmania
Conference dates 5-7 Mar. 2012
Title of proceedings 2012 Australian Coastal Councils Conference and Coastal Research Forum
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2012
Conference series Australian Coastal Councils Conference and Coastal Research Forum
Publisher [National Sea Change Taskforce]
Place of publication [Hobart, Tasmania]
Keyword(s) climate change
coastal development
sea level rise
Summary Scientific projections for climate change induced sea level rise highlight the potential for serious consequences in low lying coastal areas, through impacts upon: built infrastructure; beneficial uses; and ecological values. An area of particular concern relates to the ways in which local decision makers work through the issues associated with new development proposals on land that may be subject to future inundation, whether permanent or temporary. In making such issues, local authorities need to consider multiple sources of evidence, and multiple perspectives on what the evidence means. In this paper we examine decision making about coastal development in south west Victoria to explore how such issues are worked through, in terms of the responsibilities of different actors, and the tensions, challenges, and implications associated with, and arising from, the way in which various actors participate in, and negotiate their way through, decision making processes. In doing so, our particular focus is on the way in which different actor types engage with and interpret particular pieces of information (e.g. estimates of sea level rise and LSIO information) which are central to the decision making process. While the focus is on local decision making in south west Victoria, the insights generated may have broader relevance.
Language eng
Field of Research 160507 Environment Policy
160511 Research, Science and Technology Policy
Socio Economic Objective 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy
HERDC Research category EN Other conference paper
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050085

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