Benefits of ecosystem-based approaches for climate change in least developed countries

The EcoAdapt project aims to identify appropriate adaptation interventions in the coastal zone of Pacific island states and territories in the face of rapidly changing climate and ongoing capital-intensive developments.

In particular, we are investigating the advantages and limitations of:

  1. ecosystem-based approaches
  2. soft-engineering approaches that use natural processes
  3. hard-engineered solutions

Coastal adaptations need to be evaluated in terms of their impacts on ecosystems and biodiversity, the extent to which they disrupt natural processes, and the benefits they provide for the sustainable livelihoods of local communities, among other things.

Find out more about EcoAdapt

2016-2017 Annual Report

During the first year of our 5-year project we have made signficant progress in advancing our research agenda in line with scheduled milestones.

The project researchers

The EcoAdapt team is multidisciplinary. It includes researchers from the Griffith Centre for Coastal Management, Griffith School of Engineering, Griffith School of Business, Griffith School of Environment, Australian Rivers Institute and the Griffith Institute for Tourism.

Griffith Climate Change Response Program