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Enhancing the knowledge-governance interface: coasts, climate and collaboration


Clarke, B and Stocker, L and Coffey, B and Leith, P and Harvey, N and Baldwin, C and Baxter, T and Bruekers, G and Galano, CD and Good, M and Haward, M and Hofmeester, C and De Freitas, DM and Mumford, T and Nursey-Bray, M and Kriwoken, L and Shaw, J and Shaw, J and Smith, T and Thomsen, D and Wood, D and Cannard, T, Enhancing the knowledge-governance interface: coasts, climate and collaboration, Ocean & Coastal Management, 86 pp. 88-99. ISSN 0964-5691 (2013) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2013.02.009


Conventional systems of government have not been very successful in resolving coastal management problems. This lack of progress is partially attributable to inadequate representation in governance processes of the variety of knowledges present on the coast. In particular there has been a struggle to engage effectively with climate science and its implications. There has also been a broader failure to capture the complexity of voices, interests, values, and discourses of coastal users. We argue here that coastal governance challenges are not likely to be resolved by singular solutions; rather, interaction and collaboration will generate improvements. We suggest that a co-requisite for progress in coastal management is the development of institutions and processes that enable different knowledges to have a bearing on governance processes. This paper examines a selection of the many opportunities available to broaden and enhance the use of knowledge in decision-making for the coast. A description is provided of emerging elements of coastal governance from an Australian perspective, together with new types of institutions, processes, tools and techniques that may help to achieve an improved coastal knowledge–governance interaction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:science integration, governance, coastal zone, climate change, adaptation
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
UTAS Author:Baxter, T (Dr Tom Baxter)
UTAS Author:Good, M (Miss Meg Good)
UTAS Author:Haward, M (Professor Marcus Haward)
UTAS Author:Kriwoken, L (Dr Lorne Kriwoken)
UTAS Author:Shaw, J (Dr Jan Shaw)
ID Code:84280
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:63
Deposited By:Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Deposited On:2013-05-01
Last Modified:2017-12-06

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