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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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13 Goal 4: To protect cultural values and heritage Goal 5: To foster community awareness, industry partnerships and stewardship of the Darwin Harbour Region ESD 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. Integration Bringing the Darwin Harbour Strategy to life relies upon government agencies, industries and individuals across the region taking responsibility for their shared role in protecting Darwin Harbour and committing to taking steps to advance the strategys goals. It expects that the government, as a major decision maker in the Darwin Harbour region, will choose to be informed and guided by this document, providing a clear direction for those within government on the management of the Darwin Harbour region. At this stage the strategy has not been coupled with legislative reform. It should be noted that the implementation of principles such as ESD require a wholeof-government approach. The strategy seeks to encourage inter-agency collaboration and the recognition that advancing social, economic and environmental values is the charge of every government agency. DHAC shall be available to advise interested parties on how the strategys guidelines may be integrated into their work and decision-making. This approach represents a shift from a fragmented model in which individual departments advocate for single components of the triple bottom line (social, economic and environmental values). While some elements of the strategy are currently mandated by law or are reflected in current policy, other elements are voluntary guidelines for improving coordination and planning, and reducing negative environmental impacts. The strategy seeks the adoption of best practices and advocates high standards for development and natural resource use even when these standards are more demanding than current legal or policy requirements. Public Participation The Darwin Harbour Strategy is a living document and will be reviewed and updated as required. DHAC will conduct a formal review of the strategy in 2015 and include community consultation. Individuals and organisations are encouraged to send comments and suggestions to DHAC both during and between formal review periods.