Dr Pamela Parker, Australian Landscape Trust
Mr G Fitzhardinge
prepared for the 2006 Australian State of the Environment Committee, 2006
Roles played by the private sector, the philanthropic sector and conservation organisations in Australia have evolved over time. This paper reviews the emergent trends that have taken their place alongside the roles played by more established conservation organisations that provided environmental activism and political energy to conservation during the past two decades. These new developments have been made possible because an increasingly urbanised population in Australia was receptive to newly articulated values for conservation management.
The interplay between conservation organisations, voters, government regulation, a landscape undergoing rapid development, rising demand for natural resources, environmental change and a growing awareness of the business of sustainability as an element of investment success has been expressed in recent years in cultural change, the focus of this commentary.
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