Journal article

Towards fair local outcomes in adaptation to sea-level rise

Sonia Graham, Jon Barnett, Ruth Fincher, Colette Mortreux, Anna Hurlimann

Climatic Change | SPRINGER | Published : 2015


Arguments that fairness should be a guiding principle of climate change adaptation have been primarily concerned with distributive and procedural aspects of fairness, with far less attention paid to the temporal, spatial and interactional dimensions of fairness. This paper presents the results of a study that sought to understand the multiple dimensions of fairness of adaptation strategies that exist or can be developed to deal with sea-level rise. The study focused on five small communities along the south-east coast of Australia—Lakes Entrance, Seaspray, Port Albert, McLoughlins Beach and Manns Beach. Interviews were conducted with residents of the local communities to examine perceptions ..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project has been funded by a Linkage Grant (LP100100586) from the Australian Research Council. Our research partners on the linkage grant are the East Gippsland Shire Council, Wellington Shire Council, the Gippsland Coastal Board, the Department of Sustainability and Environment and the Department of Planning and Community Development. We would like to acknowledge the support provided by these agencies. We would also like to thank all the people who participated in our research.