Ecologically sustainable development in the Darwin Harbour Region : review of governance frameworks
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
Environment Protection Agency
vii, 59 p. : col. ills. ; 30 cm.
Environment Protection Agency
5 Conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity The conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity should be a fundamental consideration in decision-making. Is the conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity an object of the legislation, policy or plan? Are there suitable provisions for assessment of environmental impacts? Has an ecosystem-based approach been included where this is appropriate? Are there provisions for considering cumulative environmental impacts? Is there reference to relevant legislation, policies, plans or targets for the conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity? Improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms Should be promoted to ensure that the costs of environmental externalities are internalised and that the polluter bears the costs associated with environmental pollution. Is the promotion of improved valuation, pricing and incentive mechanisms an object of the legislation, policy or plan? Are there provisions to ensure that current and long-term environmental costs and benefits are assessed? Are there appropriate provisions for the use of incentive mechanisms to promote ESD outcomes? Are there appropriate mechanisms for internalising the costs of environmental pollution? Public participation Decisions and actions relating to ecologically sustainable development should provide for broad community involvement on issues which affect them. Is public participation an object of the legislation, policy or plan? Are there mechanisms for involving the community in establishing ESD objectives? Are there opportunities for adequate stakeholder engagement (indigenous and non-indigenous) and is this done in an appropriate format? Are there processes for public appeal of decisions where this may be appropriate? Are decision-makers formally required to provide a public statement of reasons for key decisions relating to ESD?