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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

Working with industry In Western Australia

Recognising the importance of changing practices by relevant industries for achieving ecologically sustainable management of coastal and marine environment, Western Australia has recently undertaken a number of significant initiatives.

Under Western Australia's State Agreement Act, companies are required to regularly submit environmental reports on their environmental management and rehabilitation activities. For example, Shark Bay Solar Salt and Cockburn Cement are required to provide government with regular environmental management reports on their programs to protect the marine and coastal environment.

In addition the Western Australian Government has prepared a comprehensive strategy for conserving the marine environment entitled 'New Horizons in Marine Management'. This report reinforces Western Australia's high environmental protection and management standards and provides clear access guidelines for the exploration industries. It also is intended to remove uncertainty and minimise the potential for conflict between conservation and resource development. The strategy involves both the relevant government agencies and industry.