Aboriginal Policy Research Consortium International (APRCi)
 

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2012

Journal

Local Environment

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

295

Last Page

315

URL with Digital Object Identifier

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13549839.2012.665857

Abstract

This paper considers the Australian federal government’s approach to climate adaptation policy for remote northern Indigenous communities through the close examination of a seminal Scoping Study. This approach is taken to illustrate the lag between adaptation theory and practice, and to highlight important considerations to enable the development of a just and effective policy. The analysis suggests that policy in this area would benefit from the further consideration of three factors, namely the role of uncertainty in climate policy, the need for meaningful consultation with communities, and the benefit of integrating contextual and bottom-up assessment of vulnerability with decision-making in an iterative manner. The paper concludes by suggesting that the current approach to vulnerability assessment is insufficiently nuanced to allow an adequate appreciation of factors that influence social vulnerability in remote communities, and consequently, policy developed from it is likely to be ineffective.


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