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Is insurance an under-utilised mechanism in climate change adaptation? The case of bushfire management in Tasmania

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Booth, K and Williams, S, Is insurance an under-utilised mechanism in climate change adaptation? The case of bushfire management in Tasmania, The Australian Journal of Emergency Management, 27, (4) pp. 38-45. ISSN 1324-1540 (2012) [Refereed Article]


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Abstract

This article presents a summary of findings and recommendations from an Australian research project funded by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF).1 This case study examined the role of insurance as a mechanism for climate change adaptation. It is based on interviews about bushfire management in Tasmania. Interviews were conducted with staff in state, regional and local government agencies and with representatives of the housing construction, property development and insurance sectors. The results are discussed in the context of international examples and practice, and with regard to the three key themes of insurance affordability and availability; current and potential roles for insurance; and constraints and opportunities in governance. We conclude that insurance is critical to disaster recovery but its role in preparedness remains poorly understood, under-developed and under-utilised.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Studies in Human Society
Research Group:Human Geography
Research Field:Economic Geography
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Climate and Climate Change
Objective Field:Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability
Author:Booth, K (Dr Kate Booth)
Author:Williams, S (Dr Stewart Williams)
ID Code:81147
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2012-11-23
Last Modified:2014-12-05
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