Floods, Slips and Coastal Erosion Management Conference

A national dialogue on proactive strategies to manage the impact of floods, slips and coastal erosion

12 - 13 Feb 2018Te Wharewaka Tapere, Wellington
Event Details
separately bookable workshop
14 February 2018 | 9.00am - 12.30pm

Rising sea levels have led to water encroaching further onto land in coastal areas and a need for councils to consider measures to mitigate this. However, residents can be sensitive about the best use for coastal land near their properties.
In this workshop delegates will learn about how to manage the consultation process for coastal erosion mitigation as well as how to decide which engineering solution is best for them.

  • Exploring the right strategy to mitigate coastal erosion for each situation - soft (i.e. planting) or hard engineering (i.e. shoreline armouring)
  • Discussing requirements under RMA to preserve “natural character”
  • Examining attendant’s specific infrastructure concerns
  • Navigating community consultation and resistance for a positive outcome
  • Case studies of successful coastal erosion mitigation
  • Exploring construction techniques in unstable areas

Jim Dahm

Coastal Scientist

Eco Nomos Ltd

Jim is a coastal earth scientist with over 30 years experience in applied coastal management in both the private and public sectors in a wide range of coastal settings right around New Zealand. He has extensive experience in coastal hazard assessment and management, and has been involved in the development, design and implementation of site-specific hazard management strategies and action, at over 300 sites around the New Zealand coastline, as well as regional and district-wide coastal hazard management strategies and provisions. Jim places emphasis on understanding and working with nature, and with affected landowners and communities to achieve environmentally soft and sustainable solutions and adaptive management strategies. He was also responsible for the initiation of Beachcare/Coastcare community based dune restoration in New Zealand, and has had extensive involvement in design and implementation of coastal restoration and the development of guidelines for this work.

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