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Exploring system interactions for building resilience within coastal environments and communities
McFadden, L. (2010). Exploring system interactions for building resilience within coastal environments and communities, in: McFadden, L. (Ed.) Coastal hazards and vulnerability. Environmental Hazards, 9(3 - Special Issue): pp. 266-283
In: McFadden, L. (Ed.) (2010). Coastal hazards and vulnerability. Environmental Hazards, 9(3 - Special Issue). Earthscan: London. ISBN 978-1-84971-211-8. 217-318 pp., more
In: Environmental Hazards. Earthscan: Amsterdam, Netherlands. ISSN 1747-7891, more
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  • McFadden, L.

Abstract
    This paper focuses on identifying examples of first-order system interactions, which make important contributions to building coastal resilience for coastal zone management. This discussion is based on an application of the Institutional Analysis and Development Framework to a case-study analysis of coastal management in South Australia. The study suggests that cross-scale interactions and informal relationships within and between users and managers are key interactions defining resilience outcomes within the current system. A significant constraint on improving resilience was the lack of evaluative criteria for identifying sustainable forms of system behaviour. The paper argues that resilience is a function of a normative statement on the characteristics desirable in the functioning system. Analyses of coastal resilience, which facilitate greater understanding of the range of complexities in coastal behaviour, are therefore central to gaining the most useful insights into the options and pathways for building more sustainable coastal futures.

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