Sustainability and climate adaptation: Using Google Earth to engage stakeholders

Stocker, L. and Burke, G. and Kennedy, D. and et al, . (2012) Sustainability and climate adaptation: Using Google Earth to engage stakeholders. Ecological Economics, 80. pp. 15-24.

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This action-research project aimed to test a participatory mapping methodology using Google Earth to develop shared understandings among participants about sustainability and climate change. The process focused on improving knowledge uptake and enabling dialogue among participants in order to develop adaptation strategies for Rottnest Island, off the Western Australian coast. Project results indicate increased levels of knowledge and commitment to active involvement in sustainability and climate change issues. Common threads came together in a coherent set of recommendations that will contribute to ongoing climate change and sustainability planning by the Rottnest Island Authority. Major conclusions drawn include: the usefulness of Google Earth for participatory planning for climate adaptation and sustainability; the methodology enables social, economic, ecological and cultural layers to be considered without any having primacy; care must be taken to ensure knowledge and power differential are managed effectively; and, the methodology brought together stakeholders and scientists to co-produce knowledge and decisions.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This project received funding from the Rottnest Island Authority. This project also received funding from, and contributes to, the research of the Coastal Collaboration Cluster. The Coastal Collaboration Cluster is funded by the CSIRO Wealth from Oceans and Climate Adaptation Flagships. The funding sources were not involved in the collection, analysis or interpretation of data, or in the writing of this article or decision to submit for publication.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sustainability, Climate change, Coastal adaptation, Participatory GIS mapping, Science–policy interface, Google Earth
Author Affiliation: Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute (CUSP), Curtin University, 3 Pakenham Street, Fremantle, Western Australia, 6160, Australia
Subjects: Atmosperic Science
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr Siva Shankar
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2012 08:07
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2012 08:08
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