Public engagement and climate adaptation: insights from three local governments in Australia

Serrao-Neumann, Silvia , Harman, Ben, Leitch, Anne, and Low Choy, Darryl (2015) Public engagement and climate adaptation: insights from three local governments in Australia. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 58 (7). pp. 1196-1216.

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Public participation in decision making is a central component of the planning process; however, implementing effective engagement initiatives to resolve complex planning and policy problems, such as climate change, is challenging for planners. These challenges are particularly acute in coastal communities throughout Australia, where many settlements are at risk of future climate perturbations. Using the International Association for Public Participation framework for public participation, we analyse three local government led public participation initiatives in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Our analysis suggests there are three critical factors that can influence the level of public participation in the context of climate change adaptation: the technocratic approach to decision making; absent high order government support; and the lack of evaluation mechanisms for public participation.

Item ID: 33688
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1360-0559
Keywords: consultation, planning, participation, decision making, coastal hazards
Funders: ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2014 02:00
FoR Codes: 12 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 1205 Urban and Regional Planning > 120504 Land Use and Environmental Planning @ 25%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0501 Ecological Applications > 050101 Ecological Impacts of Climate Change @ 75%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 100%
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