Limits to Climate Change Adaptation in the Great Barrier Reef , 2pp, factsheet.

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Year: 
2012
Author: 
NCCARF

This factsheet summarises key findings from a case study on limits to adaptation at the Great Barrier Reef [see full report]. In consultation with representatives of State and Local governments, the fishing and tourism industries, and non-government and scientific institutions, researchers used future scenarios to investigate adaptation options for the fishing and tourism industries. Limits to the common good exist, as beneficial outcomes for Reef industries and individuals often cannot be achieved through individual action, but necessitate co-operation within and between sectors, and with external stakeholders. Due to the operation of the Reef’s fishing and tourism industries in a competitive global market, both their economic viability and adaptation strategies can be limited by global market factors. Limits by reputation are also an issue; the reputation of the Reef was perceived to be unfairly eroded by increased research and communication on the damage from bleaching, cyclone events, and other threats, which undermines benefits from adaptation. This factsheet contains further information on the above limitations, current stressors, future climate scenarios and impacts predicted for the Region. This is one of the six case studies conducted for NCCARF’s ‘Limits to Adaptation’ project to explore the underlying causes and potential to transcend limits in particular regions. A factsheet synthesising the key findings from the 'Limits to Adaptation project' is available here.

Resource Type: 
Case studies
Factsheet
Location: 
Queensland
Topics: 
Coastal
Communities
Finance, business
Governance
Local government
Storms, cyclones

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