Sea-Level Rise and Local Government: Policy Gaps and Opportunities

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Catherine J. Iorns Magallanes

Victoria University of Wellington - Faculty of Law

Vanessa James

Independent

Patrick Gerard

Independent

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Date Written: February 1, 2020

Abstract

Local authorities in New Zealand have a significant responsibility to their communities for managing the effects of sea level rise due to climate change. However, while most local authorities are well engaged and have a clear understanding of issues arising from sea level rise, 73% report that their organisations do not receive enough direction from central government on how to respond. Territorial authorities in particular are seeking a stronger lead, such as legislative reform, clearer and more directive policy, clarification of responsibilities, or a national environmental standard on coastal hazard management. Central government direction is seen as critical to achieve a nationally consistent and equitable approach for coastal communities. This article summarises how this could be addressed, and identifies key challenges facing local government in adapting to sea level rise and climate change.

Keywords: climate adaptation, local government, sea-level rise, local authorities, New Zealand, policy challenges

JEL Classification: K32

Suggested Citation

Iorns, Catherine and James, Vanessa and Gerard, Patrick, Sea-Level Rise and Local Government: Policy Gaps and Opportunities (February 1, 2020). Policy Quarterly, Vol. 16, p. 62, 2020, Victoria University of Wellington Legal Research Paper No. 68/2020, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3685611

Catherine Iorns (Contact Author)

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Wellington, 6140
New Zealand

Vanessa James

Independent

Patrick Gerard

Independent

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