Journal article

A local coastal adaptation pathway

J Barnett, S Graham, C Mortreux, R Fincher, E Waters, A Hurlimann



Local governments are not adapting to sea-level rise because it is difficult to build consensus on the need for change and the best way to implement it. In theory, adaptation pathways can resolve this impasse. Adaptation pathways are a sequence of linked strategies that are triggered by a change in environmental conditions, and in which initial decisions can have low regrets and preserve options for future generations. We report on a project that sought to empirically test the relevance and feasibility of a local pathway for adapting to sea-level rise. We find that triggers of change that have social impacts are salient to local people, and developing a local adaptation pathway helps build c..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

Thanks to our partners in the East Gippsland Shim Council and The Victorian Government for their support of and participation in this research, and to the residents of Lakes Entrance who participated in this study. This research was funded by the Australian Research Council project LP100100586.