CASE STUDY 3.9: Practical and empowering responses to coastal erosion in the Tiwi Islands
Local Tiwi Island people often struggle to relate the big scales of climate impacts science to the local, social and environmental processes that are important and relevant to them. Previous engagement with the Tiwi around climate change alarmed local residents and escalated feelings of powerlessness. Solutions to climate change impacts in the coastal zone require solutions focussed science that coproduces knowledge and practices with relevant stakeholders to inspire and enable local communities to act on their values and goals for the future.
Working with the Tiwi Land Council we supported a workshop to educate local communities about climate adaptation. The workshop report provides a foundation for working with the Tiwi to develop practical guidelines for monitoring and adaptive management of coastal erosion in the Islands.
Completed: November 2017
More information: Prof Jon Barnett, University of Melbourne