Environmental performance reporting

Sustainability Report 2005-2006

Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007

Parks Australia Environmental Performance

Emissions to Air, Land and Water

EN10, EN13, EN12, EN32: Emissions to air, land and water

Goals 2005-06
Performance 2005-06 and trends

No spills of chemicals, oils or fuels occurred in the parks during 2005-06. No water sources or habitats were affected by discharges and runoff from Parks sites, and there were no discharges to water during the year.

Fire management plans are in place in Kakadu, Booderee, Uluru and the ANBG. In the island parks, fire is not a normal occurrence and emergency fire plans are in place for Norfolk and Christmas Island National Parks. At Uluru annual burn plans were implemented.

Studies on fire regimes have continued at Kakadu where 10 years of fire plot data have been concluded and a partnership established with the NT Bushfire Council to analyse these data.

Commentary

Of all the sources of emissions to air, land and water in the mainland terrestrial parks, fire presents the greatest challenge. Fire is fundamental to the ecological function of natural areas in mainland Australia. To help maintain biological diversity, and minimise the impacts of frequent large-scale fires, fire is used as a management tool in Kakadu, Uluru and Booderee. There are complex movements of carbon between the landscape and the atmosphere which can be affected by activities such as land clearing and fire. The parks are increasingly working with researchers to investigate these relationships and any new knowledge to the on-going improvement of our ecosystem management.

Goals 2006-07