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Surfing Reserves in Australia – Experience presented by Brad FARMER

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    Surfing Reserves in Australia – Experience presented by Brad FARMER Surfing Reserves in Australia – Experience presented by Brad FARMER Presentation Transcript

    • Seminar 3Worldwide Strategies to Protect Waves Brad Farmer & Prof. Andrew Short OAM
    • Global Wave Conference 2011 Very well globally organised20 years of advocacy in 15 mins – a ‘snapshot’ only 1,000’s of people involved – millions witnessed New and successful realisation method of wave protection
    • A surfer is … anyone whointeracts in the surf zone for recreation’ ‘SHORT & FARMER 2007’
    • Everyone is a ‘surfer’ Not to be perceived as a ‘fringe’ groupfor maximum political, economic and social leverage
    • A ‘National Surfing Reserve’ is … a declared ‘iconic’ (sacred) surfing siteeither in legislation or symbolicallyNSR began in Australia : 1973-1993-2004 Australia is just 1 BIG beach
    • AUSTRALIA100 years of surfing history SLSA 1902, Duke 1914 10,685 beaches
    • About NSR …1. Non profit2. Run by volunteers3. No corporate funding4. No membership5. Some government funding6. 99% successful in Australia – K.I.S.S. method7. Same level of protection as a ‘National Park or Marine Reserve’8. NSR is the model for ‘WSR’9. NSR seed partner to ‘World Surfing Reserves’10. Engaged global planning and execution
    • ‘NSR (& WSR) Global Ambassador’ Kelly Slater Bondi Beach, March 2010
    • The beginnings of NSR 1991 >
    • NSR: Setting global and national standards … It is the first time in any nation that …Surfing has been recognised in parliamentary legislation(law) to give surfers ‘primacy’ & enact powers to protectwave environments• Australia : NSW Crown Lands Act (1989)• Hawaii : Executive Order : SB 2646• New Zealand : Coastal Policy CPS (19)• USA – Latin and South America• EU ?
    • Why declare ‘iconic’ surf sites1. To raise awareness : to formally recognise surf, surfers & surf culture at a ‘iconic’ site2. To record surf history of the site (booklet)3. To proactively protect and preserve sites4. To discourage threats : ‘early’5. To empower and galvanise communities6. To claim a form of sovereignty by ‘surfers’7. To create a legislative basis for the future8. To educate and include : governments, media, industry and surfers – public awareness of sites / surfers
    • What is a NSR …• A coastal surf zone declared by boundaries and law• A national statement recognising the intrinsic heritage, culture, environment, sporting and social values• A voice for surfers and community• A vehicle for engagement, education and activism
    • How we do it in Australia …1. Identify and declare ‘iconic’ sites2. Gradually establish local NSR local groups, assisted by a national body3. Must have full support of local surfing community & preferably wider community (bottom-up approach)4. Engage all stakeholders .. .. .. .. .. .. .. Two NSR each year have been ‘declared’ since 2005 Now 11 NSR in Australia – 5 more in 2012 By 2015, completed 25 NSR in Australia Presently, encouraging other nations to create their own NSR (Hawaii, NZ, Indonesia, EU, Fiji etc) NSR / WSR Next : RSR (Regional Surfing Reserves)
    • AUSTRALIA : 11 / 17 / 25 NSR
    • NSR the future …1. Any surfing nation can start a NSR2. A NSR National Executive & NSR Local Steering Committees (LSC) - plus possibly govt assistance3. The base NSR model is available to all nations4. The model will vary according to nation5. Assistance is available (NSR Australia)6. NSR will be in 5 nations by 20157. NSR will collaborate with WSR in twocomplimentary ‘protection’ methods8. Ministry for Coasts – Council of Aust Govts (COAG)
    • FIJI
    • HAWAII ‘SURFING RESERVES’ (2 in 2010)
    • Lennox Head NSR400 sq H – 7.2 kms of surfing coastline
    • - Sovereignty - (Surfers’ Sovereignty) ‘Territorial Integrity’• n. pl. sov·er·eign·ties 1. Supremacy of authority or rule as exercised by a sovereign or sovereign state.• 2. Royal rank, authority, or power.• 3. Complete independence and self- government.• 4. A territory existing as an independent state.
    • Worlds’ First ‘Indigenous’ Surfing Reserve NSW, Australia, 2012Black Rock (Indig.) NSR with Aboriginal Elders Council, Aboriginal Surfers, Commonwealth and State governments 40, 000 years of connection with ocean
    • Endurance and persistence• Many years in the making (20/30 +)• 1,000’s of volunteer hours• A commitment to excellence & K.I.S.S.
    • NSR Honourary Executive 2005 -2011
    • Working together with stakeholders
    • Govt, Indigenous, Business Far North WA, Red Bluff, GnarlooExtensive / comprehensive stakeholder engagement in remote regions
    • Gold Coast NSR = 4 southern point breaks20 years in advocacy – NSR Feb 24, 2011
    • Manly-Freshwater Beach ‘Birthplace of Australian Surfing’… goes from a NSR in 2010 to a WSR in 2012
    • Manly – Freshwater - AUSTRALIAboth a National & World Surfing Reserve 2010/2012 Unique Status
    • Desired Outcome1. The spread of NSR worldwide2. Consider the seeding of an umbrella coalition of this GWC group gathered; toward development of strategic (UNESCO targeted) objectives working concept title could be a … ‘INTERNATIONAL COASTAL COMMUNITIES COMMISSION’ FORMED AT GWC - OCT 25, 2011
    • THANKS Gracias - Merciwww.surfingreserves.org