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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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14 Working in partnership, DHAC and the Northern Territory Government will undertake reporting against the Darwin Harbour Strategy. Each government agency will be asked to provide yearly information in their annual reports on what actions have been taken against guidelines in the strategy that are relevant to the agencys work. These results will be collated by DHAC and published on the DHAC website. Findings: The Territory 2030 Strategic Plan and Northern Territory Climate Change Policy play a critical role in shaping strategic development and management in the Darwin Harbour region and across the Northern Territory and both address key aspects of ESD and objectives of sustainability for the Territory. However, at present there is no clear overarching policy statement on the goal of sustainability and value of ESD principles in the Northern Territory. The Darwin Harbour Strategy provides a comprehensive basis for planning for the strategic development and ongoing management of the Darwin Harbor region by establishing a common ESD vision and guiding goals and principles for sustainable development in the region. However, supporting mechanisms will be required to enable the Strategy to become an effective overarching framework for development planning and management based upon a clear goal of sustainability and ESD principles.

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