Social values and aspirations for coastal waters of the Kimberley

Project description

Kimberley coast and its waters are part of existing or proposed marine parks. The majority of this area is also subject to native title determined or claimed areas. To-date, little attention has been paid in Australia or elsewhere to the social values associated with marine parks. However, understanding peoples’ needs and values is essential for effective planning and management. Without knowing what people value, conservation efforts such as marine parks may fail. We need to know what people’s social values are and why they consider the Kimberley coast important.

Research themes

Marine and coastal planning

Participatory planning

Integrated landscape management

Indigenous community lands

Private: PPGIS and VGI methods development

Project details

  • Start date:
    January 2, 2014
  • End date:
    December 15, 2016
  • Location:
    Kimberley region, Western Australia
  • Funded by:
    Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) and in-kind: Murdoch University
  • Objectives:
    1. Describing and analyzing the social values of people associated with the coastal waters of the western Kimberley, especially Indigenous community members. Kimberley, especially Indigenous community members. 2. Mapping these values so they can be included in decision making that relies on mapping and spatially-based decisions. 3.0Identifying and analysing peoples’ aspirations regarding possible futures for the western Kimberley coastline. spatially‐based decisions. 3. Identifying and analysing peoples’ aspirations regarding possible futures for the western Kimberley coastline

Project contact

Dr. Halina Kobryn

Murdoch University

Team members

  • Prof. Sue Moore
  • Dr. Jennifer Munro
  • Dr. Halina Kobryn
  • Prof. Greg Brown

Participating partners

Prof. Greg Brown

University of Queensland

Related publications

Brown, G., Strickland-Munro, J., Kobryn, H. & Moore, S. (2015). Stakeholder analysis for marine conservation planning using public participation GIS. Applied Geography 67, 77-93.

Kobryn, H. T., Brown, G., Munro, J. & Moore, S. A. (2017). Cultural ecosystem values of the Kimberley coastline: An empirical analysis with implications for coastal and marine policy. Ocean & Coastal Management 162, 71-84.

Munro, J., Pearce, J., Brown, G., Kobryn, H. & Moore, S. A. (2017). Identifying ‘public values’ for marine and coastal planning: Are residents and non-residents really so different? Ocean & Coastal Management 148, 9-21.

Munro, J., Kobryn, H., Palmer, D., Bayley, S. & Moore, S. A. (2017). Charting the coast: spatial planning for tourism using public participation GIS. Current Issues in Tourism 22(4), 486-504.

Moore, S. A., Brown, G., Kobryn, H. & Strickland-Munro, J. (2017). Identifying conflict potential in a coastal and marine environment using participatory mapping. Journal of Environmental Management 197, 706-718.

Strickland-Munro, J., Kobryn, H., Brown, G. & Moore, S. (2016). Valuing the wild, remote and beautiful: Using Public Participation GIS to inform tourism planning in the Kimberley, Western Australia. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning 11(3) 355-364.

Strickland-Munro, J., Kobryn, H., Brown, G. & Moore, S. (2016). Marine spatial planning for the future: Using Public Participation GIS (PPGIS) to inform the human dimension for large marine parks. Marine Policy 73, 15-26.

Pearce, J., Strickland-Munro, J. & Moore, S. (2016). What fosters awe-inspiring experiences in nature-based tourism destinations? Journal of Sustainable Tourism 25(3), 362-378.

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