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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Australia's report to the UNCSD - 1995

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1995
ISBN 0 6444 3152 0

Case study - CSIRO

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

The CSIRO is Australia's largest research organisation with a staff of 7 200 located throughout Australia and a budget exceeding $A700 million. It conducts strategic research in the national interest across a very broad range of fields including natural resources, rural production and processing, minerals and energy, environment, manufacturing and information technologies. The bulk of its research funding comes from the public sector although private support has risen considerably in recent years as CSIRO seeks to work more closely with its customers in industry, government and the community. All of CSIRO's research Institutes have some involvement with environment-related activities, including those aspects of ecological sustainability which arise in connection with economic activity. The greatest direct focus on environmental knowledge is in the Institute of Natural Resources and Environment with over 1000 staff and expenditure of $A100 million. Together, CSIRO groups have the bank of knowledge and the scientific capacity to solve a wide range of terrestrial, marine, atmospheric and aquatic resource and environmental problems of varying scale. They work closely with all customers and a broad range of scientists in Australia and beyond. Relevant to sustainability, CSIRO has world leading expertise in, amongst other things, water and land management and rehabilitation, terrestrial ecology, biological sciences, forestry, weather and climatology, atmospheric pollution, oceanography and fisheries. CSIRO scientists are working in countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region, including Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam, on projects including air pollution, forestry and biodiversity. The Organisation has a prominent scientific (and related policy advisory role) on Australia's behalf in relation to major international conventions such as those for climate change and biodiversity. No other Australian institution, and few in other countries, can provide so broad an approach to issues affecting the environment.

For further information contact:

CSIRO Institute of Natural Resources and Environment