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Co-development of a climate change decision support framework through engagement with stakeholders

Leitch, Anne M., Palutikof, J. P., Rissik, D., Boulter, S. L., Tonmoy, Fahim N., Webb, S., Vidaurre, A. C. Perez, Campbell, M. C.
Climatic change 2019 v.153 no.4 pp. 587-605
case studies, climate change, decision making, sea level, stakeholders, Australia
For a decision support framework (DSF) to enable effective decision-making in climate change adaptation, it is important that stakeholders are involved in its development, in order to ensure that it is usable and useful. More specifically, stakeholder involvement may help to ensure that the DSF better meets user needs and expectations, as well as providing legitimate, relevant and trusted information. Involving users also helps to support social learning and build a community of adaptors. This paper describes a case study in Australia of the development of a DSF, called CoastAdapt, for coastal decision makers to adapt to the impacts of climate change, in particular sea-level rise. We use the IAP2 Spectrum to outline how stakeholders were involved. We also describe the specific activities undertaken in developing the DSF, according to how they contribute to conditions of legitimacy, credibility and saliency suggested in ‘boundary’ work. We conclude with some practical suggestions for considering these attributes in development of a DSF, noting that each attribute is important and requires consideration both separately and together.