Sinclair Knight Merz
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 16 March 2007
- High Conservation Value Aquatic Ecosystems project - identifying, categorising and managing HCVAE (PDF - 1,389 KB)
About the report
To assist the preparation of a draft national framework for the identification, classification and management of Australia's high conservation value aquatic ecosystems (HCVAE), the Australian Government and jurisdictions required a review of the approaches currently used to identify, classify and manage HCVAE in Australia.
Sinclair Knight Merz were engaged by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources to undertake a project which has reviewed existing policy, planning and legislative frameworks used to identify, classify and manage HCVAE across Australia. Its primary purpose is to document and describe the current approaches in each jurisdiction and provide an analysis of common elements and similarities across jurisdictions.
Importantly, it is not the purpose of this report to propose a national framework for the management, identification and classification of HCVAE, as that will be the role of the Aquatic Ecosystems Task Group. The findings contained in this report may be used to inform the Aquatic Ecosystems Task Group as it formulates a policy position and recommendations in relation to a national framework for managing and conserving HCVAE.