Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments
Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.
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WSSD 2002 fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002
Much of Australia's landscape has critical salinity and water quality problems that require urgent action. Large areas and entire ecosystems are under serious threat.
Dryland salinity is ruining an estimated 2.5 million hectares. That is five per cent of Australia's cultivated land. This could expand to an area twice the size of Tasmania in the years ahead.
Australia's water quality is also deteriorating. About one third of our rivers need help to stay alive. Within 20 years, Adelaide's drinking water will exceed World Health Organisation standards on two out of every five days.