Managing Estuaries for Resilience Under Climate Change: Integrating Socio-Economic and Ecological Goals and Proposing Appropriate Strategies by Erica Davey, William Peirson et al
Australian estuaries should be able to meet the needs and aspirations of society and ecological integrity in the face of future change, while continuing to support integrated human and ecological values. This report presents a new approach to the challenging task of making decisions regarding estuaries with respect to climate change adaptation through the introduction of estuarine focused adaptation strategies.The range of communities likely to be present in estuaries, and their associated values have been summarised in the report, as well as ecological and socio-economic goals for these communities. This will better enable those making management decisions for estuaries to consider the full range of estuarine communities. Adaptation strategies, and examples, are presented to provide a framework approach for decision making. Case studies of seven Australian estuaries; Towra Point, Georges River Estuary, Wilson Inlet, the Mary River, Gippsland Lakes, Tomago Wetland and the Richmond River Estuary, are used to illustrate past estuarine management successes and failures, and provide examples of estuarine goals and associated strategies.