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Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation

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Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation

Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia

Edited by:
Richard Kenchington   University of Wollongong
Laura Stocker   Curtin University
David Wood   Curtin University

Colour illustrations, Line Art
232 pages, 245 x 170 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2012
ISBN: 9780643100275 - AU $ 99.95

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Australians are famous for our love of the coast, although in many places this 'love' has caused serious and often irreversible impacts. The sustainable management of our society's many uses of the coast is complex and challenging. While a wealth of knowledge exists about the coast, this is not always brought to bear on decision-making. Coastal management to date has had limited success, and in some cases interventions have made problems worse.

Australia's coast has been shaped by severe events such as cyclones and floods, with climate change now increasing the number and intensity of these hazards. In addition, our coastal populations are growing, and with them our social, environmental and economic vulnerability to such hazards.

This book explores the evolution of coastal management, and provides critical insights into contemporary experience and understanding of coastal management in Australia. It draws on contemporary theory and lessons from case examples to highlight the roles of research and community engagement in coastal management. The book concludes with a chapter of recommendations which can help guide coastal management and research around the world.


  • Provides a set of critical reflections and recommendations, based on contemporary theory and lessons from case examples, which can help guide coastal management and research
  • Chapter authors include key Australian researchers on the relevant topics
  • Written in an accessible style that is also academically rigorous and professionally relevant

List of contributors

Introduction to Australian coasts and human influences
Laura Stocker, Richard Kenchington, Deborah Kennedy and Andy Steven

Sustainable coastal management?
Laura Stocker, Deborah Kennedy, Richard Kenchington and Kathryn Merrick

International approaches to sustainable coastal management and climate change
Richard Kenchington, Bob Pokrant and John Glasson

Evolution of sustainable coastal management and coastal adaptation to climate change
Nick Harvey, Beverley Clarke, Nicole Pelton and Taryn Mumford

Adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
Richard Kenchington, Débora M. de Freitas and Diane Tarte

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Improving science uptake in coastal zone management: principles for science engagement and their application in south-eastern Tasmania
Peat Leith, Brian Coffey, Marcus Haward, Kevin O’Toole and Simon Allen

Adaptive learning and coastal management in South-east Queensland, Australia
Stephen Myers, Dana C. Thomsen, Diane Tarte, Leo X. C. Dutra, Nick Ellis, Olivier Thébaud, Melissa Nursey-Bray and Timothy F. Smith

Participatory tourism planning at Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
David Wood, Bill De la Mare, Beth Fulton and Tod Jones

Lessons from regional approaches to coastal management in Australia: a synthesis
Richard Kenchington, Laura Stocker and David Wood


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 Coastal managers
Environmental management professionals
Urban planners
Researchers and academics

 "This book, refreshingly, provides the world with a welcome, valuable and well presented addition to the body of knowledge on this very important subject"
Work Boat World, August 2014

"Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation is both a timely and an insightful book. It is an important collection of perspectives on various aspects of coastal management and challenges of sustainable management. Coastal planners, environmental management professionals and researchers and academics will certainly find the book a useful addition to their library."
Jonathon Howard, Rural Society, Vol 24(1), 2015, pp 106-107


 Richard Kenchington specialises in coastal and marine resource sustainability, and marine protected area management. He was a foundation member of the staff closely involved in the initial declaration and zoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and later secretary of national coastal zone inquiry. He is Principal Investigator for the Integration Theme of the Coastal Collaboration Cluster funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans and Climate Adaptation Research Flagships.

Laura Stocker researches and teaches at the Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute in coastal sustainability, governance of coastal adaptation to climate change, sustainability education, and sustainability mapping and planning. She coordinates the Masters in Sustainability Studies. She is Deputy Leader of the Coastal Collaboration Cluster, funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans and Climate Adaptation Research Flagships; and also Deputy Leader of the Governance Theme of the Cluster.

David Wood is the Deputy Vice Chancellor International at Curtin University. His primary research foci are coastal and tourism planning and he recently completed a major project in the CSIRO Ningaloo Wealth from the Oceans Cluster. David is Leader of the Coastal Collaboration Cluster, funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans and Climate Adaptation Research Flagships; and also Leader of the Governance Theme of the Cluster. Until recently, David held senior positions on the WA State Government’s peak planning and heritage boards and was Chair of the Ningaloo Sustainable Development Committee and the State’s Coastal Planning and Coordination Council.


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