Limp, leap or learn? Developing legal frameworks for climate change adaptation planning in Australia: Summary for policymakers

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Year: 
2013
Author: 
Andrew Macintosh, Anita Foerster and Jan McDonald

A Summary for policymakers - Drawing on extensive investigation of existing legal frameworks, and interviews with local and state planning, emergency management and coastal officers in selected coastal and bushfire prone areas across Australia, this Report identifies potential benefits and challenges associated with different legal tools and instruments, and makes a number of recommendations regarding the way in which they can be employed to support effective and efficient adaptation to climate change. The instrument categories presented in this Summary Report include: Framing instruments, information instruments, regulatory instruments (flexible and fixed), compulsory acquisition instruments, voluntary instruments, taxes and charges, and liability shield instruments. The instruments range from those that seek to control and influence new development (the traditional domain of land use planning), to those that specifically target existing development. For more detail, see the full original Report (Macintosh, Foerster & McDonald, 2013).

Resource Type: 
Research report
Location: 
Australia Wide
Topics: 
Bushfire
Coastal
Finance, business
Governance
Infrastructure
Legal issues
Local government

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