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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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3 d mitigation, climate stabilisation, elopment, we must protect the ecosystem services on all 1.4 Ecologically Sustainable Development Principles and the National are maintained, and the total quality of life now alians today, while e Northern Territory: ng and incentive mechanisms; and Public participation. 1.3 Ecologically Sustainable Development an Governance Protecting the environment requires a strong foundation of good governance based on the principles of ecologically sustainable development. These principles acknowledge that our economic and social progress depends on the basic services provided by a healthy environment. These so-called ecosystem services provide not only the tangible, visible environment in which we live, but also the less obvious functions provided by ecosystems that lead to desirable environmental outcomes, such as air and water purification, drought and flood and protection from coastal erosion and tidal surge.2 The Darwin Harbour region provides a wealth of ecosystem services that directly support the environmental, economic, social and cultural wellbeing of the communities that make the region their home. To protect our capacity for future economic growth and dev which the region depends. Governance frameworks are the processes, structures and institutions (formal and informal) through which a group, community or society: makes decisions; distributes and exercises authority and power; determines strategic goals; organises corporate, group and individual behaviour; develops rules; and assigns responsibility.3 Good governance is participatory, transparent and accountable. It ensures that political, social and economic priorities are based on broad consensus in society and that citizens acquire a voice on how decisions are made on issues of public concern.4 Criteria The concept and principles of ESD form the basis for this review of governance frameworks in the Darwin Harbour region. The Northern Territory became a signatory to the Intergovernmental Agreement on the Environment and adopted strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development. ESD is defined as: Using, conserving and enhancing the communities resources so that ecological processes, on which life depends, and in the future can be increased. ESD is development that aims to meet the needs of Austr conserving our ecosystems for the benefit of future generations. The EPA has defined six principles of ESD for th Integration; Precautionary principle; Inter-generational and intra-generational equity; Conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity; Improved valuation, prici 2 Murtough et al 2002 3 Dodson and Smith 2003 4 UNDP 1997

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