A method for risk analysis across governance systems: a Great Barrier Reef case study

Dale, Allan, Vella, Karen, Pressey, Robert L., Brodie, Jon, Yorkston, Hugh, and Potts, Ruth (2013) A method for risk analysis across governance systems: a Great Barrier Reef case study. Environmental Research Letters, 8 (1). 015037. pp. 1-16.

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Healthy governance systems are key to delivering sound environmental management outcomes from global to local scales. There are, however, surprisingly few risk assessment methods that can pinpoint those domains and sub-domains within governance systems that are most likely to influence good environmental outcomes at any particular scale, or those if absent or dysfunctional, most likely to prevent effective environmental management. This paper proposes a new risk assessment method for analysing governance systems. This method is then tested through its preliminary application to a significant real-world context: governance as it relates to the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The GBR exists at a supra-regional scale along most of the north eastern coast of Australia. Brodie et al (2012 Mar. Pollut. Bull. 65 81–100) have recently reviewed the state and trend of the health of the GBR, finding that overall trends remain of significant concern. At the same time, official international concern over the governance of the reef has recently been signalled globally by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These environmental and political contexts make the GBR an ideal candidate for use in testing and reviewing the application of improved tools for governance risk assessment.

Item ID: 29942
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1748-9326
Keywords: coastal governance, risk assessment, Great Barrier Reef
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Funders: Australian Government National Environment Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub via the Reef and Rainforest Research Corporation (RRRC)
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2013 06:29
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 40%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 60%
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