Opportunities for comment
The Federal Government is currently looking at ways to develop and implement a Reef Trust, to be jointly coordinated by the Federal and Queensland Governments, with advice from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Institute of Marine Science and other stakeholders.
The Reef Trust is intended to be a key mechanism for delivering the Reef 2050: Long Term Sustainability Plan, which focusses on long-term improvement in water quality and coastal habitats in the catchments areas affecting the Great Barrier Reef and greater protection of dugongs and turtles.
The Reef Trust Discussion Paper outlines proposed structures, priorities and commitments for the Reef Trust. Public comments on the discussion paper can be made until 21 May 2014. For more information, click here.
Senate Inquiry into Great Barrier Reef
The Senate made a referral to the Environment and Communications Committee to report on the adequacy of the Australian and Queensland Governments’ efforts to stop the decline of the Great Barrier Reef.
Submissions to the inquiry can be made by 2 June 2014. For more information, click here.
Australian Heritage Strategy
The draft Australian Heritage Strategy is now available for public comment. The document sets out commitments and priority actions against the following themes: national leadership, partnerships and community engagement. The draft Strategy also notes that the Australian government should “contribute to international heritage standard setting and guidance” and promote Australia’s standing as a “world leader in heritage management.”
Feedback on the themes, priorities and actions documented in the draft Strategy can be made until Monday, 9 June 2014. For more information, click here.
Senate Inquiry into Southern Ocean
The Senate made a referral to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee to report on Australia’s future activities and responsibilities in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters. The inquiry will consider Australia’s management and monitoring of the Southern Ocean in relation to illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, cooperation with international partners under treaties and agreements, and appropriate resourcing in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic territory for research and governance.
Submissions to the inquiry can be made until 1 July 2014. For more information, click here.
New South Wales
Draft NSW biodiversity offsets policy for major projects
The NSW Government has released a draft NSW biodiversity offsets policy for major projects. The policy will apply to State significant development and State significant infrastructure under theEnvironmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979, including projects such as highways, mines and hospitals. This draft has been informed by submissions received as part of the NSW Government’s Review of the BioBanking Scheme.
Submissions on the draft policy are invited until Friday 9 May 2014.
For more information and to make a submission, click here.
Commercial fishing reform
The Department of Primary Industries is reviewing the management practices in a range of fisheries, including reforms in relation to netting, trapping, hand gathering, ocean trawl, ocean trap and line, and ocean haul fishing, crab and estuary prawn trawling. Technical papers in relation to each affected fishery have been released for public comment.
Submissions are invited until Monday, 19 May 2014. To find out more, click here.
Marine estate community survey
The NSW Government has commissioned a private company to survey community views about the NSW marine estate and its future management. The NSW marine estate includes marine waters, the coast and estuaries, including the NSW marine parks, mangrove systems, islands, wetlands and lakes that are intermittently connected to the sea and rivers under a detectable tidal influence.
The survey will target stakeholder and focus groups, as well as randomised samples of NSW community residents for their views. Community members will be contacted directly by the company to complete the survey questionnaire.
Other members of the public may submit their views of future management of the marine estate by email to email@example.com. These views will not be included in the survey results, however, they may inform new marine estate projects.
For more information, click here.
Northern Territory Inquiry into Fracking
Dr Allan Hawke AC has begun the Inquiry into hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Northern Territory. Submissions are invited until 31 May 2014.
The Terms of Reference are now available. For more information click here.
Northern Territory Assessment Bilateral Agreement
The proposed new assessment bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and the Northern Territory pursuant to Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth) is now open for comment. Click here for more information.
The EDO (ACT)’s comment on the proposed assessment bilateral agreement for the Australian Capital Territory can be viewed here.
(Sydney) Chief Executive Officer, Nature Conservation Council of NSW, $95-105k
The Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales (the NCC) is looking for a Chief Executive Officer.
The NCC is NSW’s peak environment organisation seeking to protect and conserve NSW’s wildlife, landscapes and natural resources through advocacy, education, research and community empowerment. It represents more than 120 community environment groups across the State.
The CEO position is a full time three year contract based in Newtown, Sydney. The successful applicant will be responsible for driving the overall strategy and operations of the NCC’s programs, community and media engagement activities and organisational progress in accordance with its purpose, vision and goals.
Further information about the role and the application criteria can be found here.
(US) Visiting Assistant Professor in Environmental Law
Pace Law School is seeking applications for a new Visiting Assistant Professor (VAP) in Environmental Law. The appointment is for one year, renewable for a second one-year term.
The appointment will provide the successful applicant with an opportunity to be receive mentoring and training as a future environmental law professor.
The VAP will have a reduced teaching load of one course per semester, the opportunity to focus on scholarly research and writing, and the expectation of entry into the law school teaching market.
Further details of entitlements and suitability criteria can be found here.
(UK) Write for a leading authority on climate change adaptation and business
Acclimatise is a specialist advisory company providing world-class expertise in climate change adaptation and risk management looking to build its growing global contributors network. If you have an article, interview, video or podcast on any aspect of climate change adaptation then Acclimatise would like to hear from you.
For more information about the Acclimatise Network and the benefits of contributing, click here.
Alternatively, send your stories of 400-800 words, along with a short bio and photo (optional), to Will Bugler at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consultants for Environment Quality Panel
The Federal Environment Department is seeking a range of consultants to form a new Environment Quality Panel to advise on various environmental matters, including chemicals, waste, synthetic greenhouse gases and genetically modified organisms. Consultants with expertise in cost-benefit analysis, environmental risk assessment and stakeholder engagement are invited to tender for appointment to the Panel.
Successful applicants will be appointed to the Panel for three years, with a possible two-year extension.
Tenders must be received by close of business on Monday, 26 May 2014. Click here for more information.
University of Tasmania intensive: Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy
The University of Tasmania will once again be holding its intensive course, Current Issues in Environmental Law and Policy, this winter.
This course explores the legal and policy context in which some of Australia's most challenging environmental controversies arise. It introduces students to the framework for national and international environmental regulation using a range of topical issues and case studies. These include the Gunns pulp mill dispute, coal seam gas expansion, international climate change negotiations, adapting to the impacts of climate change, and water rights in a drying world.
The course runs from 23 June to 13 July and is open to anyone with an interest in environmental law and policy.
For more information, click here.
(New York) Summer International Environmental Law Institute
Pace University’s law school, a top-ranked environmental law school located in New York, has just established its Summer International Environmental Law Institute. The Institute is now welcoming registrations from law students, lawyers, and other professionals from around the world who might be interested in attending environmental law classes in New York City in June and July 2014.
For more information, click here.
Call for support to develop an international law for ecosystems
The Saltus Forum is an independent, not-for-profit think-tank that is initiating a new discussion among leading companies, organizations and experts about the real possibility of an international law for ecosystems.
The Saltus Forum is currently seeking partners and supporting organizations to professionally evaluate and potentially develop such a law.
If you or your organization are interested in learning more, visit http://www.saltusforum.org/ or email Steve Venton at email@example.com.
Book: Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia 6e
Environmental Impact Assessment in Australia 6th edition (Federation Press, 2014) fully revises its evaluation of EIA practice around Australia and updates case studies throughout to complement the theory.
A key text on the topic of environmental impact assessment, the book emphasises practical application and evolving practices in various jurisdictions, effective stakeholder consultation, how good assessments can lead to better decisions and how politics plays an integral role in EIA.
Recommended retail price for the publication is $64.95. NELA members can buy a copy for the special price of $50.00 (+ $11.00 freight) by doing the following:
Log onto the Federation Press website.
Enter the title of the book and add it to your cart.
At the ‘checkout, quote Federation Press Promotion Code EP1426.
Pay with credit card as usual.
Federation Press will despatch your order within 24 hours. Offer valid to 30 June 2014.
Facebook group for environmental law research students
Postgraduate students at University College London and King’s College London have set up a fantastic Facebook group for environmental law research students around the world. If you are such a student (or even if you’re not), this is a great way to keep in touch with like-minded individuals.
Search Environmental Law Research Student Network in Facebook.
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