'Towards a legal framework for coastal adaptation: Assessing the first steps in Europe and Australia' - with Jan McDonald
|Date||27 February 2012|
|Time||11:45 - 13:15|
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 and Australia, with a view to identifying the important features of a 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 ensures that funds are available for future measures.