Public engagement and climate adaptation: insights from three local governments in Australia

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Serrao-Neumann, Silvia
Harman, Ben
Leitch, Anne
Choy, Darryl Low
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2015
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Public participation in decision making is a central component of the planning process; however, implementing effective engagement initiatives to resolve complex planning and policy problems, such as climate change, is challenging for planners. These challenges are particularly acute in coastal communities throughout Australia, where many settlements are at risk of future climate perturbations. Using the International Association for Public Participation framework for public participation, we analyse three local government led public participation initiatives in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, Australia. Our analysis suggests there are three critical factors that can influence the level of public participation in the context of climate change adaptation: the technocratic approach to decision making; absent high order government support; and the lack of evaluation mechanisms for public participation.

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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

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© 2014 Taylor & Francis (Routledge). This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Environmental Planning and Management on 04 Jun 2014, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/09640568.2014.920306

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Urban and regional planning not elsewhere classified

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