OUTCOMES ACHIEVED TO DATE
The project outputs have contributed to or will lead to the following outcomes:
1. Case studies of beach and surf-related recreation and tourism activities and values in four coastal locations chosen to represent different levels of development, reliance on tourism revenues, vulnerability to climate change and adaptive capacity.
2. Estimates of the economic values associated with beach and surf recreation and tourism in each of the four case-study coastal locations and the potential losses under climate change scenarios.
3. The project expanded the availability and temporal relevance of estimates of the economic value of beach and coastal assets in Australia, roughly doubling the number of available estimates for use in desktop assessments. The case-study sites were chosen to improve the geographic scope of available estimates and to explore the regional influence of these value estimates.
4. Development of a classification framework to provide an enhanced means of transferring these values to other policy sites, where empirical estimates are not possible due to resource constraints.
5. The economic value estimates and qualitative information regarding the importance of natural and built attributes are currently being used by local government partners in the case-study locations to provide better data for decisions relating to the management of key coastal assets and features in their respective regions. This will ensure that recreation and tourism values are recognised and given appropriate weighting in management decisions.