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Environment Minister Tony Burke has announced Australia’s most at-risk koala populations need to be included on the national list of threatened species. Minister Burke has decided to list koala populations in Queensland, New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory as vulnerable under national environment law.
The Australian Association of Bush Regenerators (AABR) NSW has published a special tick edition of their monthly newsletter. This edition discusses Lyme disease, other tick borne diseases and how to work safely in tick prone areas.
The National Landcare Conference is being held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3-5 September 2012. This year’s conference will take place in Landcare Week and will be an exciting opportunity to bring together people that are interested in creating sustainable landscapes for the 21st century. The 2012 conference theme “Landcare- the future in our hands”. Submissions of presentation abstracts or poster displays are invited by Tuesday 12 June 2012.
OzGREEN is looking for local, regional, national and global partners for Youth Leading the World 2012. Imagine thousands of young people coming together in multiple locations simultaneously, to focus their attention on global sustainability challenges such as energy, food, climate change and water and plan together how they can create fairer futures. Youth Leading the World (YLTW) is a bold initiative from OzGREEN that seeks to accelerate the shift to fair futures by building a movement of inspired leaders.
The Australian Weeds Committee has declared an additional 12 Weeds of National Significance (WoNS). The additional weeds have been selected based on their economic, environmental and social impacts and their potential to spread. They are African Boxthorn, Asparagus weeds, Bellyache Bush, Brooms, Cat’s Claw Creeper, Fireweed, Gamba Grass, Madeira Vine, Opuntioid Cacti, Sagittaria, Silverleaf Nightshade and Water Hyacinth. For more information on the Weeds of National Significance visit Weeds Australia – Weeds of National Significance.
The Sydney Metropolitan Catchment Management Authority (SMCMA) is upgrading its Catchment Action Plan (CAP) for the Sydney region. The CAP is the overarching document guiding natural resource management in the region and is central to the delivery of natural resource management in Sydney. SMCMA would like to invite you to provide input into the new Catchment Action Plan by completing an online survey which will remain open until the end of May 2012.
Launched in March 2012, the Australian Education for Sustainability Alliance (AESA) is comprised of organisations from the education, union, youth and environment sectors that want a higher prioritisation of sustainability in the education system. AESA is achieving this by advocating and lobbying for best practice education for sustainability policy to fulfil the vision of a sustainable Australia. The March launch included the release of AESA’s first report The State of Education for Sustainability in Australia.
The Environmental Decisions Group (EDG) and Decision Point magazine are all about smart science for wise decisions – issues 58 and 59 of Decision Point magazine are now available.
Increasing urbanisation and climate change are two of the great challenges of the 21st century. In response, the Low Carbon Future Cities (LCFC) project was initiated to develop a low carbon, adaptation and circular economy strategy to address the large mitigation potential in urban areas by and through engaging cities and stakeholders in both China and Germany in an integrative approach. The project will scientifically explore the Low Carbon Future City concept in two case studies: the German region of Düsseldorf+ and the Chinese city of Wuxi.
Produced by the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO), the Public Sector Environmental Management Guide aims to assist Australian Government public sector entities to improve environmental management practices and reduce the environmental impacts of their operation, foster greater efficiencies and operational cost savings, and meet legislative, regulatory and policy requirements.
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