BMT Share Expert Insight into CHRMAP
By the turn of the century a significant number of residential buildings and public assets may be at risk of inundation and damage from sea level rise. Many of the risks from climate change can be managed if preparation starts now.
BMT, a national industry leader in Coastal Hazard Risk Management & Adaptation Planning (CHRMAP), shared their insight with over 60 industry engagement forum participants from local governments, state agencies, researchers and consultants. The opening case study presentation and subsequent expert contributions were based on BMT’s solid track record of coastal erosion and inundation hazard risk assessment studies undertaken in Western Australia and at a national level. BMT’s valuable practitioner perspective was actively sought by the Department of Planning (DoP) and the WA Planning Commission (WAPC) at a 1 day CHRMAP forum on Wednesday 4th November 2015 at the DoP offices in Perth. The forum brought together stakeholders to review the CHRMAP process and learn from examples provided by local governments and consultants already undertaking or about to embark upon CHRMAP process. The aims of the forum were to clarify and improve practice and identify challenges and opportunities.
BMT was represented by a wide range of expertise in coastal engineering, coastal management, risk management and environmental science including Snr Principal Brad Saunders, Snr Principal and Manager Water & Environment Philip Haines (Dr), Principal Engineer Frederic Saint-Cast (Dr), Snr Engineer Hamid Fanai, and Consultant Katharine Thorne (Dr.) from operating subsidiaries JFA, WBM & Oceanica. A number of local government stakeholders presented and Frederic Saint-Cast gave a presentation of BMT JFA’s local experience using the CHRMAP guidelines for a number of projects identifying the successes and challenges in applying the procedures. Presentations were followed by a facilitated workshop on the 5 keys areas of the CHRMAP process, risk assessment, values, community engagement, adaptation planning and decision making. A wide range of experiences, questions, challenges and suggestions were canvassed in the workshop and DoP has proposed to use the outputs of the forum to improve (if necessary) guidance provided in the current SPP2.6 Guidelines and CHRMAP Guidelines. BMT was pleased to be able to support this DoP initiative and look forward to contributing in any further engagements within the industry on the CHRMAP process.