Essay about Applying ISO 31000

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APPLYING THE ISO 31000 RISK ASSESSMENT FRAMEWORK
TO COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT
V Rollason1, G Fisk2, P Haines1
1
BMT WBM Newcastle, NSW
2
BMT WBM Brisbane, QLD.

Abstract
The NSW Government’s Sea Level Rise Policy Statement, Coastal Planning Guideline:
Adapting to Sea Level Rise and Draft Guidelines for Preparing Coastal Zone
Management Plans have endorsed the use of a ‘risk assessment approach’ to coastal zone management. The risk assessment framework is used extensively in industry and government as it provides a process for determining sensible management outcomes even when there is considerable uncertainty or lack of data. Thus, the approach is ideal for managing the issues surrounding climate change adaptation and coastal
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Each of these steps can be easily adapted to the coastal zone management process.
The steps involved in a risk assessment (adapted from the Australian Standard for Risk
Management ISO 31000:2009) and their relationship to the coastal zone management process are presented in Figure 1, with discussion herein.

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Establishing the context
What are our objectives for Coastal
Zone Management?
What
are our Performance
Indicators?

Risk Identification

Risk Analysis
What are the likelihood and the consequence associated with each coastal risk?
What is the overall level of risk (high, medium, low)?

Risk Evaluation
What is a tolerable level of risk?
Are there controls / mitigating actions already in place?

Risk Treatment Options
What measures can be used to reduce the risk to a tolerable level?
What are the costs and benefits of the measures?
At what trigger level do we implement the measures (giving sufficient time for implementation)?

Monitoring and Review

Stakeholder and Community Liaison

Communication and Consultation

What are the built, natural and community assets at risk from various coastal hazards? (e.g. beach erosion, long term recession, coastal inundation etc)

Are Performance Indicators being met? Has the level of risk changed over time?

Risk Assessment

Implement Management
Strategies

Figure 1

ISO

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