COASTAL ADAPTATION – A COOPERATIVE REGIONAL APPROACH
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The Peron-Naturaliste Partnership (PNP) is an incorporated collective group of nine (9) local governments between Cape Peron and Cape Naturaliste in the southwest of Western Australia – Bunbury, Busselton, Capel, Dardanup, Harvey, Mandurah, Murray, Rockingham, Waroona.
The PNP recognise the potential vulnerability of this coastline due to climate change impacts and are taking a regional and integrated management approach in partnership with our coastal communities to ensure a long term effort to developing flexible adaptive management for the Peron Naturaliste coastal region of Western Australia.
The partnership was formed in 2011 through a volunteer Memorandum of Understanding and recognising the long-term benefits of the partnership and the importance of dealing with coastal matters, the PNP became an incorporated group in 2015. At the inaugural Board Meeting, Shire of Harvey Shire President Tanya Jackson was elected as interim Chairperson and City of Mandurah Councillor, Caroline Knight was elected as interim Deputy Chair.
“We want to work together and share information on what governments and organisations are doing and can do to prepare for coastal climate change impacts in our region, as well as gain further understanding of community concerns towards this”, said Tanya Jackson, newly elected interim Chair of the PNP and Shire of Harvey President.
The general business is defined in the current PNP Business Plan 2013-2015. There are two Part Time Project Officers employed through the City of Mandurah to the priority outcomes as discussed in this document. The PNP has also produced the PNP Communications Strategy and PNP Pilot Community Engagement Strategy 2013-2015.
The vision of the Peron Naturaliste Partnership (PNP) is to empower a resilient regional community to reduce risks and optimise opportunities presented by climate change.
The overall objective of the Peron Naturaliste Partnership is to provide a regional mechanism to facilitate effective and timely adaptation responses to climate change.
Specific objectives to achieve the vision and overall objectives are to:
- demonstrate regional leadership to support effective advocacy at all levels of government;
- facilitate access to data and information relevant to the Peron Naturaliste area coastal zone;
- adopt a regional approach to the preparation of applications for grants and other submissions to support timely adaptation responses to climate change;
- promote consistent information to coastal communities and decision makers about vulnerability and risk and adaptation strategies;
- share local knowledge and experience to support and inform appropriate adaptation responses; and
- to collaborate over the management implications of the risk to life and property caused by climate change.
Project 1 : Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways Project (CAPS)
Fact Sheet: CAPS Fact Sheet
Frequently Asked Questions: FAQ Information Sheet.
The PNP recognise their coastal vulnerability. As a result of receiving Federal Government funding under the Coastal Adaptation Decision Pathways (CAPS) Project to Develop Flexible Adaptation Pathways for the Peron Naturaliste Coastal Region of Western Australia. The CAPS Project produced hazard mapping for the region (and in more detail at 4 case study sites), it also developed adaptation planning options as communicated in the CAPS Fact Sheet and FAQ Information Sheet. These outputs then informed two specific project outcomes:
1. An economic-based regional analysis of adaptation options to treat identified impacts of coastal climate change; and
2. Detailed demonstration of several coastal adaptation pathways and options in local area case study sites.
This project identified that significant assets are at risk from coastal erosion and inundation and there are a range of adaptation options and tools potentially available including; strategic plans, sand nourishment and dune revegetation, construction of sea walls and artificial reefs, timed approvals and planned retreat.
This project was an economic-based analysis and subsequently does not address social, environmental and cultural assets to a great extent. Furthermore, due to resourcing issues, community involvement (including indigenous consultation) was not a component. As such it is imperative that environmental and community values are acknowledged and addressed in order for decision-makers to make appropriate and comprehensive decisions.
All project reports will be made available apon request. Please dont hesitate to contact the PNP Officer for hard copy or electronic versions of the report.
Project 2: Coast West funded Peron Naturaliste Partnership and City of Busselton ‘Development of Coastal Adaptation Community Awareness Plan- (CACAP)
Final Report: CACAPS Report
This project acted as a pilot for the other local government areas to communicate the findings of the 2011-2012 CAPS project and more importantly engage the local community in the wider debate to build resilience and develop plans for coastal adaptation. This approach and subsequent plans will be ‘rolled out’ in Busselton and to the other local government areas which will adopt their own Plan to suit their own individual local physical variables and issues.
The ‘Development of Coastal Community Adaptation Awareness Plan for Busselton’ for broader application in the PNP Region (CACAPS Report) includes a review of community and stakeholder concerns and values and addresses environmental, social, cultural and economic aspects. It will support relevant policies, strategies and plans such as those above and will assist decision-makers, such as the City of Busselton and State Government to make well-informed decisions.
The key reason for undertaking this work is to ensure that the communities of the City of Busselton and the PNP region are adequately prepared to respond to current coastal processes and issues which impact the coastal zone and the future impacts and opportunities posed by climate change.