Fact sheet

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NESP Marine and Coastal Hub (2023). Building knowledge for healthy northern Australian catchments and coasts. Project 3.4 Information sheet. Reef and Rainforest Research Centre, Cairns, Queensland.



Economic development in northern Australia brings greatest benefits to northern communities when there are no adverse effects on river catchments, estuaries and marine waters. To achieve this, the potential environmental impacts of developments must be understood, predicted, and included in economic and regional planning deliberations and decisions.

Currently, a full scientific understanding of how various industries affect northern environments is lacking. This means that present day decision-makers cannot predict the environmental and associated outcomes of developments with a high degree of certainty, nor accurately plan for mitigation.
This project addresses this knowledge shortfall by evaluating and analysing the environmental data and other information pertaining to three northern Australian catchments.