Ecologically sustainable development in broader retrospect and prospect

evaluating national framework policies against climate adaptation imperatives

Jamie Pittock, Karen Hussey, Stephen Dovers

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    This article revisits four Australian framework policies with implications for ecologically sustainable development to consider lessons for climate change adaptation. The competition, disaster resilience, sustainable development and water policies examined underline the difficulty in developing and implementing effective policy frameworks. We find that to succeed, a national policy in this federation needs: a coalition of stakeholders advocating for their implementation; medium to long-term bipartisan support; a focus on a perceived urgent national issue; significant socio-economic benefits; a focus on a limited number of core principles and systemic legislative reform with incremental implementation over many years; the allocation by the federal government of substantial funds for state implementation; requirements to report to the Council of Australian Governments; and support from central government agencies rather than marginalisation in the environment portfolio. These qualities are not inherent in the 1992 National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development and this explains why it is now moribund. These findings suggest that it will be particularly hard to develop and difficult to implement an effective national climate change adaptation policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)62-76
    Number of pages15
    JournalAustralasian Journal of Environmental Management
    Volume22
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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    Ecologically sustainable development in broader retrospect and prospect : evaluating national framework policies against climate adaptation imperatives. / Pittock, Jamie; Hussey, Karen; Dovers, Stephen.

    In: Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2015, p. 62-76.

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