Integrating stakeholder perceptions of environmental risk into conventional management frameworks: Coal seam gas development in Queensland

Labouchardiere, R. A., Goater, S. and Beeton, R. J. S. (2014) Integrating stakeholder perceptions of environmental risk into conventional management frameworks: Coal seam gas development in Queensland. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 21 4: 359-377. doi:10.1080/14486563.2014.954012


Author Labouchardiere, R. A.
Goater, S.
Beeton, R. J. S.
Title Integrating stakeholder perceptions of environmental risk into conventional management frameworks: Coal seam gas development in Queensland
Journal name Australasian Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1448-6563
2159-5356
Publication date 2014-10-02
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14486563.2014.954012
Open Access Status
Volume 21
Issue 4
Start page 359
End page 377
Total pages 19
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Social opposition to coal seam gas development in Queensland, Australia, reflects a broad and complex array of value-based issues, many of which are poorly represented in the regulatory decision-making process. The Queensland Government's adaptive policy framework for managing coal seam gas development has targeted risks identified through conventional risk management methodologies based solely on technical assessment. This study presents a novel approach to identifying risks during policy development. Socially perceived risks and policy gaps identified in news media are compared against existing policy using a three-phase mixed methodology. Three leverage points for strengthening the current management framework are proposed: (1) integration of policies to address cumulative and overlapping risks; (2) adoption of a prescribed development plan, allowing proactive data collection and impact assessment; and (3) establishment of a detailed, systematic approach for formulating and implementing adaptive policy measures.
Keyword adaptive management
integration
perceived risk
social amplification
social outrage
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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