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The Southern Catchment Management Board welcomes you to the
Coastal Solutions Forum 2003 Website

The Coastal Solutions Forum 2003 is spread over two days:
Coastal Solutions 2003 is a follow-up event to the Estuary Forum 2002 which documented the issues and challenges faced in managing coasts and estuaries and one estuary in particular: Port Hacking.

Click here to view proceedings of Estuary Forum 2002

What is the goal of the Coastal Solutions Forum 2003?

The aim of the forum is to generate innovative ideas for a radical improvement in estuary and coast management.

Traditional regulatory approaches are generally failing to halt the decline in the quality of coastal foreshore and submarine environments - urban encroachment, seagrass loss, gradual loss of biodiversiy, and the loss of opportunities for non-harmful recreation, are endemic.

The Southern Catchment Management Board and Sutherland Shire Council, working in partnership with Port Hacking Protection Society and Sutherland Shire Environment Centre, want to explore how we can create radical strategies to secure radically better results for our estuaries and coasts:
  • Can we get regulatory approaches that will work, but without demanding resources that are just not available?
  • Is it possible to apply different market and ownership rights ideas to get measureably better outcomes for sustainablity?
  • Can we find different funding and resourcing approaches that will work a lot better?
  • How can we make more efficient use of existing ideas that work?

How will I benefit from attending the forum?

[download Invitation Letter]

If you participate, you will come away with:
  1. A clear and concise suite of strategies, outlined by experts, and supported by specific illustrations of their application in one threatened estuary (Port Hacking);
  2. Your own ideas far better developed, through practical engagement in shaping a strategy using a host of the most up to date ideas for natural resource strategy; and
  3. A great network of experts and contacts on whom you can draw to shape your own strategies for your own coastal or estuarine area.

Who should attend the forum?

  • Those who love oceans or estuaries
  • Those who study them, or the management of them
  • Those who have an interest in strategies for sustainability
  • Regulators, economists, bureaucrats
  • Anyone who is keen on creating a better future by using better ideas

How can I participate?

Day 1 of the forum is open to the public
Time: 9am to 5pm
Date: Saturday 15th November 2003
Venue: Gunnamatta Pavilion, Gunnamatta Park, CRONULLA NSW [map]
  With Lunch Without Lunch
Standard $33.00 $22.00
Concession $27.50 $16.50
Please register your interest in attending Day 1, by Monday 10th November 2003 at the latest. There are 2 simple ways to do this:
  • Download a copy of the Forum Program Brochure, fill in the registration form and return it with your fee to Sutherland Shire Environment Centre
  • Contact Sutherland Shire Envrironment Centre direct (see contact page for details)

Who will be speaking at the forum?

Please visit the speakers page for biographies, briefing notes and abstracts as they become available.

Where can I find out more background information on coasts and estuaries?

Please visit the resources page on this website for free downloads, with information on:
  • Coastal and estuary management issues
  • Coastal and estuary management theory
Also the proceedings of The Estuary Forum held on 1 June 2002 at the same venue are available. This forum looked at the biophysical aspects of estuaries, common problems and issues at stake, using the Port Hacking as case study.

Sustainable estuaries and coasts?
It is going to take a LOT of new ideas!

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