The research-policy nexus in climate change adaptation: experience from the urban water sector in South East Queensland

Laves, G., Kenway, S., Begbie, D., Roiko, A., Carter, R. W. and Waterman, P. (2013) The research-policy nexus in climate change adaptation: experience from the urban water sector in South East Queensland. Regional Environmental Change, 14 2: 449-461. doi:10.1007/s10113-013-0556-x


Author Laves, G.
Kenway, S.
Begbie, D.
Roiko, A.
Carter, R. W.
Waterman, P.
Title The research-policy nexus in climate change adaptation: experience from the urban water sector in South East Queensland
Journal name Regional Environmental Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1436-3798
1436-378X
Publication date 2013-11-26
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10113-013-0556-x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 14
Issue 2
Start page 449
End page 461
Total pages 13
Place of publication Heidelberg, Germany
Publisher Springer
Language eng
Abstract Despite an exponential growth in the volume of adaptation research over the last decade, there is still a research gap in regard to the provision of suitable information to adequately inform climate change adaptation policy makers. Contributing to this gap is a paucity of research reporting on the effectiveness of implemented adaptation strategies. This paper reports on the success, failures and future risks of the responses taken by the South East Queensland (SEQ) water sector during the Millennium Drought. The adaptation strategy employed a portfolio approach mixing 'hard' and 'soft' adaptations. Strategies included the following: large-scale water manufacturing facilities and distribution networks; the exploitation of local water resources; regulatory instruments; institutional reforms; support for research and training and a range of demand management programmes. The strategies employed were innovative and in many cases required rigorous scientific evidence for their development, implementation and follow-up assessments. However, we show that there has been considerable disparity between anticipated and actual policy outcomes, which points to maladaptive consequences. By revisiting the effectiveness of implemented adaptation strategies in the SEQ water sector, our paper provides evidence for the need for integrative studies with genuine policy integration.
Keyword Climate change adaptation
Millennium Drought
Research
South East Queensland
Water supply
Water tanks
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 26 November 2013.

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