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NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2023). Planning for ecologically sustainable development in northern Australia. Project 3.1 Information sheet. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, Queensland.
The future prosperity of northern Australia’s communities depends upon the sustainable expansion of current industries such as agriculture, grazing, mining, energy and tourism. It also depends on new and innovative approaches to economic development.
Better outcomes for people, the environment and the economy are achieved only by careful planning, the support of a comprehensive knowledge-
base, and through greater partnerships between industry, the community, traditional owners and governments.
The research team, during NESP Project 1.32, and other reviews, have concluded that development planning has not always been done well, and that there are many obstacles to best-practice.
Guided by these previous findings, this project will undertake a range of complementary and integrated approaches to address the identified barriers.