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Towards a legal framework for coastal adaptation: assessing the first steps in Europe and Australia


Verschuuren, J and McDonald, J, Towards a legal framework for coastal adaptation: assessing the first steps in Europe and Australia, Transnational Environmental Law, 1, (2) pp. 355-379. ISSN 2047-1025 (2012) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1017/S204710251200009X


In light of the urgent need for coastal adaptation policies and the impediments to their implementation, this article examines the early experience with coastal adaptation policies in the EU (in particular the Netherlands and the UK) and Australia, with a view to identifying the important features of an effective regulatory framework for coastal adaptation. We conclude that an integrated approach to coastal adaptation law is currently needed to lay the foundations for the required long-term strategy. Such an approach would establish processes by which adaptation objectives are agreed for each part of the coast, ensure land use planning that can accommodate future change and does not expose new communities to risk, integrate coastal adaptation with biodiversity and coastal zone policy, allocate regulatory responsibility in a way that promotes subsidiarity and consistency, and ensure that funds are available for future measures.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:climate change, coastal adaptation, regulatory framework, sea level rise
Research Division:Law and Legal Studies
Research Group:Environmental and resources law
Research Field:Environmental law
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Justice and the law
Objective Field:Justice and the law not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:McDonald, J (Professor Jan McDonald)
ID Code:82043
Year Published:2012
Web of Science® Times Cited:6
Deposited By:Law
Deposited On:2013-01-15
Last Modified:2017-01-18

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