Principles for operationalizing climate change adaptation strategies to support the resilience of estuarine and coastal ecosystems: an Australian perspective

Sheaves, Marcus, Sporne, Ilva, Dichmont, Catherine M., Bustamante, Rodrigo, Dale, Pat, Deng, Roy, Dutra, Leo X.C., van Putten, Ingrid, Savina-Rollan, Marie, and Swinbourne, Anne (2016) Principles for operationalizing climate change adaptation strategies to support the resilience of estuarine and coastal ecosystems: an Australian perspective. Marine Policy, 68. pp. 229-240.

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Abstract

Effective publicly developed adaptation strategies are crucial in managing the impacts of Climate Change. Adaptation strategy development is particularly complex in estuarine and coastal marine ecosystems because of their diverse environmental values, extensive human utilisation and the complex socioecological systems they support. Although many generic adaptation frameworks are available they cannot provide specific guidance for locally relevant strategy development. In contrast, situation-specific tools work well for their intended purpose but are usually unsuitable for a different situation. The gap between generic frameworks and situation-specific tools is addressed in this study by developing a set of general principles to provide guidance for the efficient and robust development of adaptation strategies. The nine principles comprise a conceptualisation of the various factors that are likely to have an effect on the success or otherwise of an adaptation strategy and they apply in any situation. An example 'adaptation checklist' that serves as a guide to practitioners in the field, will help ensure that all critical components are covered during the development of an adaptation strategy.

Item ID: 45472
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9460
Keywords: climate adaptation, operational strategies, estuaries, coastal, resilience
Funders: Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC), Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency (DCCEE)
Projects and Grants: FRDC/DCCEE Project no. 2011/040
Date Deposited: 08 Jun 2016 07:47
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050205 Environmental Management @ 100%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9603 Climate and Climate Change > 960301 Climate Change Adaptation Measures @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960503 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Coastal and Estuarine Environments @ 50%
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