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…

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 leads push for Global Rainforest Recovery Plan

At the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, Australia is proud to announce that we are leading a new international push to create a Global Rainforest Recovery Plan – building on the success of the Asia-Pacific Rainforest Recovery Plan. Just over a year ago in Sydney, Australia hosted the inaugural Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit. Attracting more than…

Date set for third Emissions Reduction Fund auction

The third Emissions Reduction Fund auction will be conducted by the independent Clean Energy Regulator on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 April 2016. The Clean Energy Regulator has already held two enormously successful auctions, securing 92.8 million tonnes of emissions reduction at an average price of $13.12. The average price of the first auction was…

Media Release- Australia boosts Great Barrier Reef protection

On Oceans Day, a commitment of $58 million in funding from the Reef Trust spearheads a suite of measures by the Australian Government to continue to build the health and resilience of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. This new commitment of $58 million between 2015 and 2019 brings the total Australian Government’s investment through the…

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,…