Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Low Capacity- High Risk, Indigenous Coastal Communities

Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Planning in Low Capacity- High Risk, Indigenous Coastal Communities

The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fourth Assessment report highlights sharp regional differences in impacts and vulnerabilities to climate change. Those in the weakest economic position often have the least adaptive capacity and are the most vulnerable to climate change. Tropical coastal communities in northern Australia and also low-lying Small Island Development States (SIDS) in Asia and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable due to high levels of climate risk and hazards (ie. sea level rise, ocean warming, increased storm surges and cyclonic activity). They have high socio-economic (and cultural) dependence on coastal resources. Vulnerability assessments and adaptation planning need to recognise both the wide range of biophysical, socio-cultural and economic values of coastal resources and the rights and aspirations of Indigenous and traditional coastal custodians in managing coastal environments. In collaboration with CSIRO, this project would investigate innovative spatial planning tools and community-based vulnerability assessment approaches to inform climate change adaptation planning in Indigenous northern Australia and the region.

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