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CONCEPTS OF FAIRNESS IN COASTAL EROSION MANAGEMENT

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Cooper, Andrew and McKenna, John (2008) CONCEPTS OF FAIRNESS IN COASTAL EROSION MANAGEMENT. 8 pp [Internet publication]

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Abstract

The coast provides a range of resources that benefit society as a whole. While a small number of residents enjoy its benefits year-round, thousands of citizens enjoy them periodically. Both sets of coastal users are affected by management decisions related to coastal erosion. Decision-making regarding coastal erosion is often based on cost-benefit analysis but the perspective of equity or social justice raises additional considerations regarding public intervention, particularly when private property is threatened. Coastal erosion management approaches have benefits and costs that are not shared equally among those affected by erosion. In this paper we outline these considerations and assess them at both the short-term local scale and the long-term large spatial scale. The arguments for public intervention of any sort are strongest at the local and short-term scales but they are difficult to justify at larger and longer time scales.

Item Type:Internet publication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Environmental Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Environmental Sciences Research Institute
Environmental Sciences Research Institute > Coastal Systems
ID Code:2664
Deposited By:Professor Andrew Cooper
Deposited On:17 Dec 2009 16:09
Last Modified:15 Jun 2011 11:17

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