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Title: Lost in Translation: Threatened Species in Australia
Contributor(s): Williams, Jacqueline  (author)orcid ; Kennedy, Amanda L  (author); Craig, Donna (author)
Publication Date: 2012
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Abstract: Australia is currently experiencing an unprecedented expansion of mining activities into previously unaffected rural regions, encroaching lands of high environmental and agricultural value. Coal seam gas and significant underground mining of rare and precious metals also threaten surface and groundwater resources. Australia's environmental laws are ill equipped to respond and sufficiently manage these new land-use conflicts giving rise to a greater risk of adverse environmental and social impacts. These new land-use conflicts involve very complex institutional issues in particular new players competing for scarce natural resources. The mining industry is perceived as a powerful and often government-supported player as mining royalties creates a duplicitous relationship for government: representing the public interest in sustainable natural resource management and raising revenue for government expenditure from mining royalties. The State of New South Wales alone earned $1.28 billion in royalty revenues in 2008/09. This paper will explore the evolution of environmental law in Australia since the 'Rio Declaration on Environment and Development' in 1992 focusing on threatened species legislation. The discussion will use a case study to explore the issues, involving an IUCN red listed endangered species the Giant Barred Frog ('Mixophyes iteratus') whose habitat is potentially threatened by mining activities in Australia. Institutional issues surrounding the protection of threatened species and their habitats will be examined comparing legal intent and actual practice. New policy initiatives currently underway in Australia will be critiqued and recommendations for law and governance reforms required to adequately protect threatened species.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: IUCN 2012: 10th Annual Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law: "Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads", Baltimore, United States of America, 1st - 5th July, 2012
Source of Publication: Global Environmental Law at a Crossroads: 10th Annual Colloquium of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Academy of Environmental Law Presentations
Publisher: Edward Elgar
Place of Publication: Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 180111 Environmental and Natural Resources Law
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 480202 Climate change law
480203 Environmental law
480204 Mining, energy and natural resources law
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 190299 Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
HERDC Category Description: E2 Non-Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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