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Ecologically sustainable development in the Darwin Harbour Region : review of governance frameworks



Ecologically sustainable development in the Darwin Harbour Region : review of governance frameworks

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Environment Protection Agency.


Environment Protection Agency (Northern Territory); Northern Territory. Department Of Lands, Planning And Environment


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Executive summary -- Introduction -- 1. Background -- 1.1 Terms of reference -- 1.2 Scope and structure of the review -- 1.3 Ecologically sustainable development and governance -- 1.4 Ecologically sustainable development, principles and criteria -- 1.5 The Darwin Harbour Region -- 2. Ecologically sustainable development in legislation, policies and plans -- 2.1 Strategic development and management -- 2.2 Land use -- 2.3 Minerals, extractive materials and petroleum -- 2.4 Ports -- 2.5 Pollution, waste and public health -- 2.6 Water -- 2.7 Fisheries and marine areas -- 2.8 Biodiversity, heritage and natural resource management -- 2.9 Environmental assessment -- 3. Discussion and findings -- 4. Advice.




Darwin Harbour -- Environmental aspects; Environmental management -- Northern Territory -- Darwin Harbour

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Environment Protection Agency

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vii, 59 p. : col. ills. ; 30 cm.

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2 evaluate the adequacy of provisions for ecologically sustainable development, environmental protection and monitoring of the harbour. 4) Identify the key government agencies and regulatory bodies responsible for planning and decisions made about the use of the harbour; reliant on the harbour to support their business / service provision; and for the ongoing environmental management of the harbour. 5) Identify processes that have been put in place to achieve an integrated approach to planning for Darwin Harbour, decision-making and ongoing environmental management. And provide advice to the government and people of the Northern Territory on the adequacy of the current systems and processes. 1.2 Scope and Structure of the Review The purpose of this report is to promote discussion within government and the broader community of the issues regarding ESD in the Darwin Harbour region. The EPA aims to do this by taking a broad overview of the regulatory frameworks currently in place and evaluating whether they are properly designed to achieve ESD. This report aims to provide an assessment existing policy and legislative frameworks in order to inform how planned, holistic reform to achieve ESD may be approached. The report is primarily focussed on the legislative policy frameworks applying to the Darwin Harbour region. These governance frameworks have been assessed across a broad range of sectors relating to key activities in the region. In certain instances, the non-statutory processes undertaken by agencies may be more informed by ESD than those required from a strictly regulatory perspective. Nevertheless, the legislative and policy instruments examined in this review provide the primary basis for achieving ESD not only in the Darwin Harbour region but the Northern Territory more broadly. This report is structured in the following manner: 1 Background Provides the background to the review including a broad overview of the geography and environments of the Darwin Harbour region 2 Governance Frameworks Identifies the legislation, policies and plans applying to the region on a sectoral basis and identifies the key government agencies and regulatory bodies with responsibilities relating to the harbour 3 Discussion and Findings Discusses and presents key findings of the investigation 4 Advice Provides EPA advice in response to the aim of the investigation