Governing for Sustainable Coasts: Complexity, Climate Change, and Coastal Ecosystem Protection
Robin Kundis Craig
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
J. B. Ruhl
Vanderbilt University - Law School
May 17, 2010
Sustainability, Vol. 2, No. 5, pp. 1361-1388, 2010
FSU College of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 415
The world’s coastal ecosystems are among the most complex on Earth, and they are currently being governed unsustainably, by any definition. Climate change will only add to this complexity, underscoring the necessity of finding new ways to govern for these ecosystems’ sustainable use. After reviewing the problems facing coastal ecosystems and innovations in their governance, this article argues that governance of coastal ecosystems must move to place-based adaptive management regimes that incorporate innovative and flexible regulatory mechanisms, such as market-based incentives.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: sustainable, sustainability, coasts, coastal ecosystems, estuary, adaptive management, place-based management, ecosystem management, market-based, ecosystem servicesAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: December 17, 2009 ; Last revised: February 3, 2013
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