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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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12 Expanding green business and industry Developing a green workforce Promoting green communities Living with change Integration If the recommendations contained in the targets and goals of each of the three government policies are adopted, the Northern Territory will be closer to being prepared for climate change adaptation and mitigation. However, without actively mainstreaming climate change adaptation and mitigation considerations into Northern Territory Government policy, in particular Territory 2030, the policies may not be appropriately prepared for climate change adaptation and mitigation.11 Darwin Harbour Strategy With the Darwin Harbour region currently experiencing unprecedented growth and development pressures, it is timely to establish a Darwin Harbour Strategy so that the Northern Territory Government and other decision-makers can ensure that community expectations are being met. This strategy is designed to protect the regions ecosystems, resources and values and support its sustainable development. The Darwin Harbour Strategy aims to provide a comprehensive guide to the responsible stewardship and sustainable development of the Darwin Harbour region. The strategy is intended to provide policy and decision-makers within government, industry, commerce and the community, with guidance for the integrated management of the Darwin Harbour region. The strategy advocates a consistent, coordinated approach to decision-making and resource use for the region, encouraging an integrated approach to managing the sustainable development of the region. The strategy provides a shared vision for the region, as well as founding principles to underpin its stewardship. It contains goals and guidelines that outline the management approach needed to maintain the regions residential, recreational, cultural, urban, economic, environmental and scenic values. The strategy should inform all decisions regarding activities affecting the region. Vision for the Darwin Harbour Region: A biologically rich and diverse marine and terrestrial environment for our enjoyment and use today and for the future. Goal 1: To maintain a healthy environment Goal 2: To support recreational use and enjoyment of the environment Goal 3: To ensure that development is implemented in an ecologically sustainable manner 11 Dr Geraldine Li (unpublished report). Review of Ecologically Sustainability Development Principles & Preparedness for Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation in Northern Territory Government Policy: Territory 2030, NT Climate Change Policy & Darwin Harbour Strategy. Report to the Environment Protection Authority.

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