How important is the coast? A survey of coastal objectives in an Australian regional city

Dutra, Leo X.C., Dichmont, Catherine M., van Putten, Ingrid E., Thébaud, Oliver, Deng, Roy A., Pascual, Ricardo, Owens, Randall, Jebreen, Eddie, Thompson, Carolyn, Warne, M.St.J., Quinn, R., Bennett, J., Read, M., Wachenfeld, D., Collier, Catherine, Waycott, Michelle, Davies, J., Garland, A., Dunning, M., and Playford, J. (2016) How important is the coast? A survey of coastal objectives in an Australian regional city. Marine Policy, 71. pp. 229-241.

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Abstract

Defining goals and objectives is a critical component of adaptive management of natural resources because they provide the basis on which management strategies can be designed and evaluated. The aims of this study are: (i) to apply and test a collaborative method to elicit goals and objectives for inshore fisheries and biodiversity in the coastal zone of a regional city in Australia; (ii) to understand the relative importance of management objectives for different community members and stakeholders; and (iii) to understand how diverse perceptions about the importance of management objectives can be used to support multiple-use management in Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef. Management goals and objectives were elicited and weighted using the following steps: (i) literature review of management objectives, (ii) development of a hierarchy tree of objectives, and (iii) ranking of management objectives using survey methods. The overarching goals identified by the community group were to: (1) protect and restore inshore environmental assets; (2) improve governance systems; and (3) improve regional (socio-economic) well-being. Interestingly, these goals differ slightly from the usual triple-bottom line objectives (environmental, social and economic) often found in the literature. The objectives were ranked using the Analytical Hierarchical Process, where a total of 141 respondents from industry, government agencies, and community from across Queensland State undertook the survey. The environment goal received the highest scores, followed by governance and lastly well-being. The approach to elicit and rank goals and objectives developed in this study can be used to effectively support coastal resource management by providing opportunities for local communities to participate in the setting of regional objectives.

Item ID: 47007
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Great Barrier Reef; knowledge elicitation; management prioritisation; coastal zone management
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Supplementary data associated with this article can be found in the online version at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.marpol.2016.05.020

ISSN: 1872-9460
Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP), Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Queensland State Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland State Department of Environment, Heritage and Protection, James Cook University
Projects and Grants: NERP Tropical Ecosystems Hub Project 9.2
Date Deposited: 05 Feb 2017 22:46
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 40%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy @ 30%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 30%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9608 Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity > 960802 Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity @ 40%
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