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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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10 2.1 Strategic Development and Management In the Darwin Harbour region, policies and plans for strategic development and management determine the demands that will be placed upon the environment and how the values of the region, including economic, social, historic, cultural, aesthetic, ecological and recreational values, are protected and maintained into the future. Policies and plans that strategically guide future development and environmental management are a critical component in enabling ESD to be achieved in the region. Strategic planning for development is important for ensuring economic and social well-being, providing for choices about economic development pathways and enabling evaluation of the environmental, social and cultural impacts that may result from different development opportunities. A core number of important high-level polices and plans are important in shaping the future development and management of the Darwin Harbour region. These include the Territory 2030 Strategic Plan, Northern Territory Climate Change Policy and Darwin Harbour Strategy. Territory 2030 Strategic Plan The Territory 2030 Strategic Plan is the overarching strategic plan intended to guide the next 20 years of the Territorys development. The Darwin Harbour region is the Territorys most populated region and a focus for commercial and industrial activity and the Territory 2030 plan is significant in guiding its future development. The Territory 2030 Strategic Plan focuses on priorities in six core areas Education Society Economic Sustainability Health and Wellbeing The Environment Knowledge, Creativity and Innovation The plan describes several objectives for each of these areas and provides targets and measurable actions to track progress on each objective.