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Publications archive - Ecologically Sustainable Development


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Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time.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

National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development

Prepared by the Ecologically Sustainable Development Steering Committee
Endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments
December, 1992
ISBN 0 644 27253 8

Nature Conservation System
Part 3 Intersectoral Issues - Chapter 10


To establish across the nation a policy framework for the protection and management of nature conservation values, both inside and outside areas protected under legislation (ie protected areas).

Strategic Approach

This can best be done by continuing to develop and enhance natural resource inventories and valuations of areas with conservation values; clarify, rationalise and publish the categories of protected areas; establish criteria and measures for the access and use of those categories of protected areas; and develop criteria and processes for changes in the status of protected areas.

Objective 10.1

Governments will: