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NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2023). Building a northern Australian community of practice and sentinel case studies for supporting improved regional planning to achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development. Project 3.1 Information sheet. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, Queensland.
This project aims to build a strong community of practice and conduct sentinel case studies in northern Australia that supports improved regional planning that seeks to achieve Ecologically Sustainable Development. By engaging government agencies, practitioners, stakeholders, and Indigenous communities, the project will enhance knowledge sharing, capacity building, and innovative approaches in improving regional planning. The sentinel case studies will analyse current governance systems within three regions, integrate knowledge, and identify improvement priorities, focusing on Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. This research will contribute to better landscape outcomes across the north, minimise the impact of development on marine environments, and inform current Federal, State and Territory policy reforms, particularly to the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).