Improving the Approval Processes for Activities Affecting the Marine Environment: Lessons from the Relationship of Social License and Free, Prior, Informed Consent

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Project outline and objectives: Conflicts over activities in the marine environment are increasing.  As recent controversies like the “super trawler,” and marine aquaculture in Macquarie Harbour and Okehampton Bay suggest, marine activities involve impacts on common pool environmental resources. They often involve fundamental conflicts between private and public interest values.…

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Participation and political representation: A critique of stakeholder engagement in coastal governance

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Project outline and objectives: Community or public participation has become a central tenet in the practice and theory of integrated coastal zone management (ICZM). In practice, however, participation is proving complex and is not necessarily living up to the promises of the ICZM literature.  In coastal governance, researchers and policy…

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