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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments

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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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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 - 1996

Implementation of Agenda 21
Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, 1996
ISBN 0 6422 4868 0

Case Study - Education, public awareness and training

Coasts and marine education

There is a range of Commonwealth funded educational initiatives which relate, in particular, to this year's Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) 'Oceans' theme. These include a State of Our Surf (SOS) Report, Marine and Coastal Community Network, Adopt-A-Beach, Seaweek and Ocean Care Day, all aimed at raising community awareness and understanding about coastal and marine issues. Marine conservation organisations that have played a major role in such initiatives range from small resident action groups to national organisations such as the Surfriders Foundation, and to large high profile international groups such as Greenpeace.

Through the National Marine Education Program, a component of the Ocean Rescue 2000 program, the Australian Government has initiated a number of public education activities designed to promote sustainable use and protection of our marine and coastal ecosystems. The program aims to provide accurate and timely information on marine issues and targets the general community, schools, the media, industry and recreational groups.

The program is jointly administered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Commonwealth Department of the Environment, Sport and Territories, and has a number of key objectives. These seek to enhance public awareness of the value of Australia's marine environment and current threats, encourage and assist Australians to work together to safeguard the marine environment, demonstrate the Government's commitment to protection of the marine environment, engender public support for the Ocean Rescue 2000 program (including an expanded marine reserve system), lay the foundation for an education/information program, and support organisations engaged in educational activities.

Now in its third year of operation the National Marine Education Program has sponsored a variety of educational activities. Examples include the production and distribution of fact sheets and information kits for students and the general community on major issues affecting the marine and coastal environment, the production of a video for commercial and recreational fishing groups on protected areas and best practices, the broadcast of community service announcements on television and radio about marine and coastal conservation issues, and support for the national Ocean Care Day each summer since 1993.