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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

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

Case Study - Oceans


In recognition of the invaluable contribution of community groups to the protection and ecologically sustainable development of Australia's coastal zone, the Australian Government is establishing the Coastcare program jointly with State and Local Governments. Coastcare is a $23 million program which aims to harness the widespread community interest in the coastal zone, link it with appropriate skills, expertise and resources, and thereby promote an effective vehicle for changing the way the coast is managed.

Coastcare complements the existing National Landcare Program and has the following objectives:

Coastcare will develop and implement projects to protect or rehabilitate sensitive areas including dunes, estuaries and wetlands, manage or monitor coastal environments, control feral plants and animals, identify natural and cultural resources, enhance tourist and recreational opportunities, educate, and promote information exchange.

The special relationship that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have with coastal areas will be recognised through an Indigenous component of the Coastcare program and establishment of an Indigenous Reference Group.

Industry will also be able to play a part in Coastcare. In addition to local industry groups participating in some Coastcare projects, industry will be invited to help support the program financially through sponsorship.