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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

Cover of Informing sustainable outcomes - WSSD 2002 fact sheet

Informing sustainable outcomes

WSSD 2002 fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002

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About the fact sheet

Sustainable outcomes require integrated economic, social and environmental information, accessible to decision makers. The Australian State of the Environment Report, the National Land and Water Resources Audit and indicators for sustainability have significantly advanced Australia's capacity for informed decision making.

Australia is a large, megadiverse, unique landmass, with a relatively small scientific base. Targeted investment is critical, and innovative approaches - like remote sensing and computerised modelling - are used to fi ll knowledge gaps. The Internet is used extensively to provide access to information for government and community use.

'The key to Australia's sustainable future lies in ourselves: our attitudes towards the environment, our heritage and each other. Positive change can be achieved when people see options for improvement in their quality of life and opportunities for their children and grandchildren. This change is accelerated when public awareness is translated into political action that influences the activities of our society to care for our country.' - Australia State of the Environment 2001