Adaptation has emerged as a high priority in terms of climate change policy. This article is concerned with adaptation to sea level rise affecting coastal communities in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Of particular concern is the manner in which the NSW Government has sought to include adaptation management into the existing land use planning and development architecture. This article focuses upon the use of planning certificates, which accompany a purchase of property, to inform prospective buyers of, inter alia, risks of sea level rise and inundation in a future affected by climate change. The use of these documents in such a way represents an interesting attempt to add a climate change dimension to the existing legal apparatus.
|Number of pages
|Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law
|Published - 2011