Ministerial Forum focuses on partnerships and collaboration for the Reef

The Australian and Queensland governments today reaffirmed their commitment to work in partnership on Reef management and continue the collaborative efforts with investors, industry, science, Traditional Owners, regional and conservation organisations and the broader community to improve the health of the Reef. Speaking at the 41st meeting of the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum in…

A new strategy to protect and manage Australia’s national and world heritage

A new strategy to protect and manage Australia’s national and world heritage The potential for a UK-style national lottery to benefit Australia’s magnificent heritage is among a range of new opportunities outlined in the Australian Heritage Strategy, released today. The strategy sets out the Australian Government’s priorities over the next decade and the actions it…

Regional Queensland solar farm to power 5,300 households and create up to 175 jobs

A new $69 million utility-scale solar farm in rural Queensland is set to provide a real-time example of how renewables can benefit fringe-of-grid electricity networks and users. The Government is supporting the project with $22.8 million funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and up to $20 million debt finance through the Clean Energy Finance…

Australia establishes International Partnership for Blue Carbon

At the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, Australia is pleased to announce that we are establishing an International Partnership for Blue Carbon. The Partnership brings together governments, non-profit organisations, intergovernmental agencies, and scientists to increase understanding of, and accelerate action on the important role of coastal blue carbon ecosystems in climate change action. Blue carbon…

Australia and Brunei Darussalam announce the 2nd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP today announced that Brunei Darussalam will host the second Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit, from 3 to 5 August 2016. Following the successful Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit held in Sydney in November 2014, the Australian Government has been leading efforts in the region to conserve, halt and reverse…

Private Sector Roundtable established to conserve forest ecosystems in the Asia-Pacific region

The Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt, and Ms Aida Greenbury, Managing Director of Sustainability at Asia Pulp and Paper Group, today announced the establishment of a Private Sector Roundtable to harness private sector expertise on protecting rainforest ecosystems in the region. The Asia-Pacific region is home to one of the three largest…