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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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11 ESD The Territory 2030 plan does not expressly define the concept and principles of ESD. However, it contains the commitment to manage the Territories natural resources according to the principles of ESD and includes sustainability goals across a range of areas, including social, economic, environmental and cultural objectives. In its ongoing development and implementation, the plan has the opportunity to support principles of ESD and the goal of environmental sustainability in the Territory. Integration Through the process established for the implementation of the Territory 2030 plan, a number of mechanisms have been established to promote integration within and across government. A subcommittee of Cabinet has been established to oversee implementation of the plan and an implementation unit has been established in the Department of the Chief Minister to coordinate the plans implementation. All government agencies have also reviewed strategic plans and policy frameworks to align with Territory 2030. As the plan does not specifically define ESD, these mechanisms are limited in the support they provide for achieving sustainability outcomes. Public Participation The Territory 2030 plan includes a number of mechanisms intended to promote public participation. The development of the plan included community consultation and was led by a steering committee comprised of community members. As part of ongoing consultation, it is intended that further conferences will be held to advance key strategic targets within the plan. It is also intended that data on the implementation of the plans targets will be made publicly available through a series of public scorecards. As well, it is intended that an independent review of the plan be undertaken every five years. These mechanisms establish a basis for public participation. Northern Territory Climate Change Policy The Northern Territory Climate Change Policy is an action plan outlining the Northern Territory Governments approach to assist in national and international efforts to control climate change. The majority of targets and associated actions contained within this critical policy document for the Territory will influence outcomes for the Darwin Harbour region by providing a policy context for decision-making in the harbour. The policy comprises nine elements with 40 targets, including actions aimed at helping the Territory move towards a low carbon economy and adapt to the impacts of climate change. The nine elements are: Government leadership on climate change A focus on green energy Land management a unique Territory offset opportunity Building green cities and towns Rethinking waste