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Trade-Offs in Adaptation Planning: Protecting Public Interest Environmental Values


Foerster, AC and Macintosh, A and McDonald, J, Trade-Offs in Adaptation Planning: Protecting Public Interest Environmental Values, Journal of Environmental Law, 27, (3) pp. 459-487. ISSN 0952-8873 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1093/jel/eqv017


Like many issues in environmental law and governance, climate change adaptation planning involves difficult policy trade-offs. Decision-makers must balance competing public and private interests and short- and long-term concerns against a background of considerable uncertainty and complexity. One of the classic challenges of environmental governance is to establish laws and other institutions which support long-term decision-making in the public interest and this is equally a challenge for adaptation planning. This article explores Australian approaches to such policy trade-offs in the context of spatial planning for bushfire and coastal hazards. These examples illustrate the difficulties of considering cumulative, longer term environmental impacts of adaptation measures in the face of immediate and known risks to existing private property and infrastructure, and the way in which current decision-making downplays these public values. The authors identify institutional factors that help to explain this bias and propose strategies to improve protection of public interest environmental values in adaptation planning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change adaptation, public interest environmental values,
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in law and legal studies
UTAS Author:Foerster, AC (Dr Anita Foerster)
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:101693
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Faculty of Law
Deposited On:2015-07-01
Last Modified:2018-03-08
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