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Sustainable coastal management?

Chapter


Abstract


  • Sustainable coastal management requires us to consciously integrate social, cultural, ecological

    and economically productive dimensions of the coast. This approach gives us the opportunity

    to develop ways of living on the coast that are synergistic and constructive, rather than

    destructive. Therefore, while an understanding of the ecological model is clearly fundamental

    to the task of managing coasts sustainably, it is equally important to understand people and

    their unique cultures and economies that are connected to coasts because management

    depends ultimately on the behaviours of people who use and have an impact on the coast.

    Human activities and aspirations are now primary drivers of coastal ecosystems, and we have

    therefore to accept and manage humans as part of the ecosystem, not as a superior or even

    separate sphere of moral concern.

    Any approach to management in Australia must consider traditional Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander perspectives of the coast, not least because of the temporal and moral, if

    not legal primacy of these perspectives. Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

    perspectives promote a holistic approach to stewardship and challenge narrowly defined and

    abstract utilitarian-economic notions of the coast as resources, commodities and property. It

    is noteworthy that many urban and contemporary Indigenous people are engaging in the

    invention of new modes of sustainability to reconcile traditional and contemporary perspectives

    on sustainability.

    Coastal management in Australia has developed over time and reflects global trends.

    Harvey and Caton (2003: 195) define coastal management as 'the management of human

    activities and sustainable use of Australia's coastal resources in order to minimise adverse

    impacts on coastal environments now and in the future'. There has been growing emphasis in

    coastal management on public participation, ecological awareness, improved integration

    between sectors, less engineered solutions and the centrality of the concept of sustainability. In

    the past decades new, adaptive and collaborative approaches to coastal management and shared

    governance processes have emerged (see Chapter 4).

UOW Authors


  •   Stocker, Laura (external author)
  •   Kennedy, Deborah (external author)
  •   Kenchington, Richard
  •   Merrick, Kathryn (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Stocker, D. Kennedy, R. Ambrose. Kenchington & K. Merrick, ''Sustainable coastal management?'' in R. Ambrose. Kenchington, L. Stocker & D. Wood(ed), Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia (2012) 29-55.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466571860

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/354

Book Title


  • Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia

Start Page


  • 29

End Page


  • 55

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic

Abstract


  • Sustainable coastal management requires us to consciously integrate social, cultural, ecological

    and economically productive dimensions of the coast. This approach gives us the opportunity

    to develop ways of living on the coast that are synergistic and constructive, rather than

    destructive. Therefore, while an understanding of the ecological model is clearly fundamental

    to the task of managing coasts sustainably, it is equally important to understand people and

    their unique cultures and economies that are connected to coasts because management

    depends ultimately on the behaviours of people who use and have an impact on the coast.

    Human activities and aspirations are now primary drivers of coastal ecosystems, and we have

    therefore to accept and manage humans as part of the ecosystem, not as a superior or even

    separate sphere of moral concern.

    Any approach to management in Australia must consider traditional Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander perspectives of the coast, not least because of the temporal and moral, if

    not legal primacy of these perspectives. Traditional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander

    perspectives promote a holistic approach to stewardship and challenge narrowly defined and

    abstract utilitarian-economic notions of the coast as resources, commodities and property. It

    is noteworthy that many urban and contemporary Indigenous people are engaging in the

    invention of new modes of sustainability to reconcile traditional and contemporary perspectives

    on sustainability.

    Coastal management in Australia has developed over time and reflects global trends.

    Harvey and Caton (2003: 195) define coastal management as 'the management of human

    activities and sustainable use of Australia's coastal resources in order to minimise adverse

    impacts on coastal environments now and in the future'. There has been growing emphasis in

    coastal management on public participation, ecological awareness, improved integration

    between sectors, less engineered solutions and the centrality of the concept of sustainability. In

    the past decades new, adaptive and collaborative approaches to coastal management and shared

    governance processes have emerged (see Chapter 4).

UOW Authors


  •   Stocker, Laura (external author)
  •   Kennedy, Deborah (external author)
  •   Kenchington, Richard
  •   Merrick, Kathryn (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2012

Citation


  • L. Stocker, D. Kennedy, R. Ambrose. Kenchington & K. Merrick, ''Sustainable coastal management?'' in R. Ambrose. Kenchington, L. Stocker & D. Wood(ed), Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia (2012) 29-55.

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9781466571860

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/354

Book Title


  • Sustainable Coastal Management and Climate Adaptation: Global Lessons from Regional Approaches in Australia

Start Page


  • 29

End Page


  • 55

Place Of Publication


  • Collingwood, Vic