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…

Doorstop – Paris

E&OE…. Topics: Paris climate summit, Great Barrier Reef, Blue Carbon GREG HUNT: Well I want to welcome everybody to Oceans Day at COP21. As part of Australia’s contribution to Oceans Day there are really three things I'd like to announce and address briefly. First is that under the Reef Trust we are announcing and releasing…

Media Release- $1.2 million allocated for Coral Triangle Initiative grants

Australia’s work in protecting oceans from climate change and other impacts was highlighted at an event at the Paris climate change conference today. The event showcased three regional initiatives to protect oceans – the Coral Triangle Initiative, the Micronesia Challenge and the Caribbean Challenge. Australia has long supported the Coral Triangle Initiative for Coral Reefs,…

New research on the potential for Blue Carbon to reduce emissions and help tackle climate change

The potential for Blue Carbon to play a significant role in reducing Australia’s emissions will be the focus of a new research project under the National Environmental Science Programme (NESP). Blue Carbon – carbon stored in marine and coastal habitats – could play a significant role in reducing emissions, while also supporting biodiversity conservation, fisheries…

Australia releases National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy

The Australian Government has set the path for future climate resilience, with the release today of a national strategy. Today at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Paris, I launched Australia’s National Climate Resilience and Adaptation Strategy that builds on our nation’s innovative response to extreme weather and climate variability. The strategy gives Australia…

Goverment helping cut power bills and enissions with $250 million for clean technology

Local governments across Australia will play an important part in helping Australia meet its emissions target with $250 million under the Government’s Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC). The new CEFC Local Government Finance Program will encourage Australia’s 560 local councils to invest in clean technology across their operations, ranging from street lights to solar panels…