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Department of the Environment and Heritage Annual Report 2003-04

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2004
ISSN 1441 9335

Review of performance: Outcome 1 - Environment

The environment, especially those aspects that are matters of national environmental significance, is protected and conserved

Progress towards Outcome 1

This section summarises overall progress towards Outcome 1.

Protecting the atmosphere

The Department contributes to improving and protecting the air quality in Australia's cities and towns, and contributes to the international effort to restore the earth's protective ozone layer. During 2003-04:

Conserving and managing biodiversity

The Department aims to protect wildlife and their habitats, and works to ensure that Australia's use of biological resources is ecologically sustainable. During 2003-04:

Protecting and managing coasts and oceans

The Department contributes to the ecologically sustainable management of Australia's coasts and oceans. During 2003-04:

Managing environmental assessments and approvals

The Department administers the referral, assessment and approval provisions of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. During 2003-04:

Protecting and conserving our heritage

The Department identifies, protects and conserves natural and cultural heritage, including Indigenous and historic heritage.

Improving the environmental performance of Australian industry

The Department works with all levels of government, the community and industry to minimise the impact of industrial processes on Australia's environment. During 2003-04:

Managing inland waters

The Department develops initiatives to ensure that management of inland rivers, groundwater and inland wetlands is ecologically sustainable. During 2003-04:

Protecting and managing the land

The Department works to ensure the management of Australia's natural and agricultural land is ecologically sustainable. During 2003-04:

Establishing and managing protected areas

The Department supports the development of networks of protected areas (including national parks) to conserve biodiversity, protect ecosystem services and provide nature-based recreation and tourism opportunities. During 2003-04:

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