Climate change and stewardship: strategies to build community resilience in the Capricorn Coast
Myers, SA and Blackmore, MJ and Smith, TF and Carter, RW, Climate change and stewardship: strategies to build community resilience in the Capricorn Coast, Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 19, (3) pp. 164-181. ISSN 1448-6563 (2012) [Refereed Article]
Copyright 2012 Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand Inc.
The Great Barrier Reef is projected to change substantially over the next 50 years due to the impacts of climate change. These impacts are likely to have severe repercussions for the communities and industries that depend on resources and services provided by the marine ecosystem. Understanding ways to increase community resilience to the impacts of climate change are essential. This study sought to identify barriers and opportunities to foster stewardship action among stakeholders on the Capricorn Coast to build community-based resilience to the impacts of climate change. Barriers to stewardship exemplify the need to develop clear communication networks between community and government agencies to foster trust and interconnectivity. Education also plays an important role in these processes in allowing for information and knowledge transfer across the different stakeholder sectors. To facilitate and reduce these barriers to stewardship, strong leadership, which engages industry and community members, by industry and government organisations, is necessary. To do this, stakeholders will need to acknowledge the uncertainty around climate change impacts, yet be provided with information and knowledge of the resources available to respond to climate-related impacts as well as being encouraged and empowered to make individual changes in the greater interest of the reef.