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Sustainability 2013, 5(3), 934-954; doi:10.3390/su5030934

Coastal Innovation Imperative

Resource and Environmental Planning Programme, Massey University, Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Received: 21 December 2012 / Revised: 17 January 2013 / Accepted: 15 February 2013 / Published: 4 March 2013
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This is the second of two articles that explores the coastal innovation paradox and imperative. Paradoxically, innovation is necessary to escape the vulnerability trap created by past innovations that have degraded coastal ecosystems and imperil coastal livelihoods. The innovation imperative is to reframe and underpin business and technology with coherent governance innovations that lead to social transformation for coastal sustainability. How might coastal management help to facilitate this transition? It is argued that coastal management needs to be reconceptualised as a transformative practice of deliberative coastal governance. A foundation comprising four deliberative or process outcomes is posited. The point of departure is to build human and social capital through issue learning and improved democratic attitudes and skills. Attention then shifts to facilitating community-oriented action and improving institutional capacity and decision-making. Together, these endeavours enable improved community problem-solving. The ultimate process goal is to build more collaborative communities. Instituting transformative deliberative coastal governance will help to stimulate innovations that chart new sustainability pathways and help to resolve the coastal problems. This framework could be adapted and applied in other geographical settings. View Full-Text
Keywords: coastal innovation imperative; coastal management; transformative innovation; sustainable coastal development; deliberative coastal governance coastal innovation imperative; coastal management; transformative innovation; sustainable coastal development; deliberative coastal governance

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Glavovic, B.C. Coastal Innovation Imperative. Sustainability 2013, 5, 934-954.

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