Concern for the need to protect the Great Barrier Reef from potential new environmental hazards along the coastline of Queensland has “ignited” public awareness. The conflict between competing environment and development interests over the future ecological health of the Reef persists: The absence of a conflict resolution process, that meaningfully involves competing interest, is the "log-in-the road"!

1.0       Frequently Asked Questions :About the World Heritage Convention and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef (Updated  December 2015)

The evaluation by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources for the inclusion of the Great Barrier Reef in the World Heritage List in 1981, stated “… if only one coral reef site in the world were to be chosen for the World Heritage List, the Great Barrier Reef is the site to be chosen”: UNESCO World Heritage Committee.


2.0      Shipping Hazards and Protection of the Marine Environment: A Second Chance to Properly Value the World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef (Posted 9 June 2015)

TAGS: UNESCO; World Heritage Centre; Great Barrier Reef; World Heritage ‘In Danger’ List; environmental damage; compensation; Particularly Sensitive Sea Areas; remediation; existence value; use and non-use values; International Maritime Organization; ‘Shen Neng 1’; contingent valuation methodology; environmental preservation


3.0      The World Heritage Listed Great Barrier Reef, Port Development and Dredging: Finding an Ecologically Sustainable Solution? (Posted 17 July 2014)

TAGS: Great Barrier Reef; World Heritage; UNESCO; dredging impacts; risk; scientific evidence; predictive models; ecological sustainability; legislation; public participation; conflict resolution


4.0 The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Port Developments and Shipping Superhighways

The following three-part series was originally posted on the website of “Dispute Resolution Australia

Part 1: Multiple Uses and the Great Barrier Reef – Conflict or Co-existence (Posted 29 October 2013)

The future use of the GBRWH Area is a public interest environmental conflict, involving multi-stakeholder participants having competing interests over development and environment. In these circumstances, a structural conflict over public participation will probably arise.

Identification of all relevant affected development and environment interests is essential for an effective public participation process; but this step may be problematic.

Exclusion of relevant development and environment interests from participating in the GBRWH conflict may not only lead to a non-viable outcome, but also have the potential to undermine the legitimacy of decision-making by government.


Part 2: Public Participation, ADR Processes and Conflict Resolution (Posted 5 November 2013)

The opportunity, today, for the community to participate in public interest environmental conflicts are now very much a global norm. Public participation processes exist in a number of forms. The dilemma for affected development and environment interests is to be meaningfully involved in conflict resolution. This is dependent on the level of power the competing interests have in shaping or determining the outcome – as well as the extent power is evenly balanced between those holding development and environment interests.


Part 3 : Legal Rights, Power and Conflict Resolution (Posted 12 November 2013)

Knowledge power of key legal rights and duties in GBRWH legislation, together with knowledge power of scientific evidence, is the foundation for offsetting power imbalance between competing development and environmental interests.

Strategic use of knowledge power to balance power between competing development and environment interests does not necessarily mean more litigation over the future use of the GBRWH Area. Rather, it acts as a pathway to facilitate effective public participation and to resolve conflict. Achieving co-existence between multiple uses in the GBRWH Area and finding ecologically sustainable solutions are its goals.

Where power is evenly balanced, an ecologically sustainable solution ensures that environmental costs and economic benefits are not shared disproportionately between the community, industry and government









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