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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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Environment Protection Agency



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43 2.8 Biodiversity, Heritage and Natural Resource Management The Darwin Harbour region is rich in biological diversity and is home to sites of national and international ecological, cultural and heritage significance. There is a range of Territory and Commonwealth legislation, polices and plans intended to protect these values for the benefit of present and future generations. Key items of legislation and policy which have relevance to the region will be discussed below in two sections relating firstly to parks, reserves and wildlife, and secondly, to natural resource management. Parks, Reserves and Wildlife Legislation The Territory Parks and Wildlife Conservation Act (TPWC Act) is the principal piece of legislation enabling the protection and conservation of the Territorys biodiversity through the creation of parks and reserves and the protection of wildlife. Activities in parks and reserves are regulated by the TPWC Act and relevant ByLaws which are administered by NRETAS. The Act also contains mechanisms for the listing, management and protection of threatened species of wildlife, including the declaration of areas of essential habitat and the protection of wildlife within parks and reserves.

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