About the Program
In Western Australia, it is estimated that there are in excess of 7400 man-made marine structures. These include include shipwrecks, artificial reefs, break walls, structures associated with harbours, jetties, marine navigation markers.
In the coming years Western Australia, and other states will plan, seek regulatory approval, and build new infrastructure which will be installed in the marine environment. This may be in the form of new ports, offshore renewable energy, subsea cables and aquaculture facilities.
Marine habitat restoration and enhancement is now being openly discussed as a viable option for improving marine and estuarine ecosystem services. The planning and approvals processes for these projects need to take into consideration the hopes, aspirations, and concerns of all the stakeholders.
Having an understanding of the social and economic values that different stakeholders have with different types of man-made marine infrastructure will facilitate communication and education during the conceptual development of projects, which ultimately will assist with approvals and social license to operate.
Having an understanding of the values and benefits that different stakeholders obtain from different types of structures will ensure that their needs are considered during planning to optimise the designs and the social, economic and ecological benefits from any one infrastructure project.