A method for risk analysis across governance systems : a great barrier reef case study

Dale, A., Vella, K., Pressey, R., Brodie, J., Yorkston, H., & Potts, R. (2013) A method for risk analysis across governance systems : a great barrier reef case study. Environmental Research Letters, 8(1).

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Abstract

Healthy governance systems are key to delivering sound environmental management outcomes from global to local scales. There are, however, surprisingly few risk assessment methods that can pinpoint those domains and sub-domains within governance systems that are most likely to influence good environmental outcomes at any particular scale, or those if absent or dysfunctional, most likely to prevent effective environmental management. This paper proposes a new risk assessment method for analysing governance systems. This method is then tested through its preliminary application to a significant real-world context: governance as it relates to the health of Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The GBR exists at a supra-regional scale along most of the north eastern coast of Australia. Brodie et al (2012 Mar. Pollut. Bull. 65 81-100) have recently reviewed the state and trend of the health of the GBR, finding that overall trends remain of significant concern. At the same time, official international concern over the governance of the reef has recently been signalled globally by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). These environmental and political contexts make the GBR an ideal candidate for use in testing and reviewing the application of improved tools for governance risk assessment. © 2013 IOP Publishing Ltd.

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ID Code: 70297
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Goveranance, Great Barrier Reef, Evaluation
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015037
ISSN: 1748-9326
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > URBAN AND REGIONAL PLANNING (120500) > Land Use and Environmental Planning (120504)
Divisions: Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Deposited On: 17 Apr 2014 06:31
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2014 22:37

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