Posted by: Hendra Siry | 29 January, 2008

Coast to Coast 2008: Coastal Ecosystems, People and Planning within the Arafura – Timor Seas

Coast to Coast 2008 is Australia’s biennial national coastal conference. It will focus debate, discussion and learning across the full range of coastal and marine issues – at the international, national, state, regional and local levels.

The theme of the Coast to Coast 2008 conference will be Coast to Coast Collaboration: Crossing Boundaries. The Arafura and Timor Seas are shared between four countries: Australia, Indonesia, Timor Leste and Papua New Guinea. The Seas and coastal areas are extremely rich in terms of biodiversity, providing livelihoods for millions of people. The region contains substantial oil and gas reserves and supports a range of large-scale commercial to small-scale artisanal fisheries using traditional methods. Threats to the region include over-exploitation of resources, illegal foreign fishing as well as marine pollution, and degradation of coastal habitats. This session invites papers exploring the following issues: 

  • institutional capacity in coastal planning and management
  • human migration patterns
  • fishing activities (legal and illegal)
  • sustainable economic development and poverty alleviation
  • regional planning and management within the Arafura-Timor Seas region  

The sub themes of this conference are :

    * coastal climate change & disasters (cyclones, Tsunami’s)
    * coastal planning for population change
    * coastal-marine biodiversity & conservation management
    * coastal mining and offshore oil-gas developments
    * coastal ecosystems, people & the future within the Arafura Timor Seas
    * monitoring, mitigation and management of land and marine-based pollution
    * community engagement, capacity-building and training
    * approaches to integrated, multiple-use, coastal management

Coast to Coast 2008 offers us all the opportunity to:

  • consider key coastal challenges and issues from a range of perspectives,
    learn about new coastal initiatives and programs that tackle current and emerging issues,
    meet, re-connect and network with people with an interest in the coast, including many professionals and specialists, and
  • re-energise our batteries!

The conference will also see the launch of (1) the national Australian Coastal Society (organised by Professor Bruce Thom) – including nomination and selection of office bearers; and (2) the national ‘OzCoasts’ web-based, coastal atlas (by the National Land & Water Resources Audit and GeoScience Australia).


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