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Heading to New Guinea

Andrea together with our associates Ann and Greg Peterson flew up to Port Moresby today and will spend the week there meeting with UNDP and senior government officials. We are kicking off our contract to assist PNG finalise their protected area policy. Ann and Greg will be conducting four regional workshops to get some more input from stakeholders. It’s been a flurry of activity getting everything organised, with Fiona and Melitta also banging the keyboards into the night.

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Great Barrier Reef’s condition declined from moderate to poor in 2011 | Environment | guardian.co.uk

Great Barrier Reef’s condition declined from moderate to poor in 2011 | Environment | guardian.co.uk. Series of reports blames extreme weather conditions and high rainfall for reef’s poor health Great Barrier Reef’s condition declined from moderate to poor in 2011 Series of reports blames extreme weather conditions and high rainfall for reef’s poor health Oliver Laughland, guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 10 July 2013 18.02 AEST Extreme weather conditions have been largely blamed for the Great Barrier Reef’s poor health in 2011. Photograph:…

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Fire, carbon and Indigenous livelihoods in the Top End Alan Andersen – See more at: http://www.ecosmagazine.com/?paper=EC13150#sthash.3VSoTQjZ.dpuf

ECOS Magazine – Towards A Sustainable Future. For hundreds of thousands of years, dry-season burning has shaped the ecology of the Northern Territory’s Top End. Now, through its role in carbon abatement, controlled burning is playing an important role in the region’s economy, especially in remote Aboriginal communities. – See more at: http://www.ecosmagazine.com/?paper=EC13150#sthash.3VSoTQjZ.dpuf For hundreds of thousands of years, dry-season burning has shaped the ecology of the Northern Territory’s Top End. Now, through its role in carbon abatement, controlled burning…

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New article about Australian NPs in Nature

Conservation: Relaxed laws imperil Australian wildlife : Nature : Nature Publishing Group. Conservation: Relaxed laws imperil Australian wildlife Euan G. Ritchie published in Nature 498, 434 (27 June 2013) doi:10.1038/498434d Published online 26 June 2013 Policy and legislative changes by Australia’s state governments are eroding the vital protection of the country’s unique biodiversity. Reserves are being opened up to ecologically disruptive activities, such as grazing by domestic livestock, logging, mining, recreational hunting and fishing, and commercial development. Protected habitats on…

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The “Soft Fascination” of Nature – News – The Ecologist

The “Soft Fascination” of Nature – News – The Ecologist. Add Media Richard Dolesh reports on a recently published study, the findings of which support what most of us know intuitively – that nature is good for us. Just being in nature can give you an emotional lift A walk in the park can calm and restore you. This is something we take for granted in parks and recreation, because we have known it to be true ever since we…

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New World Heritage sites!

Five new World Heritage Sites have been approved by UNESCO. See http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/06/pictures/130621-five-new-unesco-world-heritage-sites-conservation-environment/ One of the sites is the spectacular The Namib Sand Sea, the first area in ten years to meet all four criteria for becoming a natural World Heritage Site.We were lucky enough to visit this national park last year, and the dunes are truly amazing (even by our desert standards)    

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Burke backs down on national park powers

Environment Minister Tony Burke has been forced to back down on attempts to extend federal powers over national parks after cabinet rejected the move on Monday night. Mr Burke had been considering ways to extend oversight of parks under national environment law after his vocal attacks on Coalition state government-led grazing, shooting and logging projects in national parks. One option had been to back or replicate a Greens amendment in the Senate to create a national parks ”trigger” under federal…

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Article from The Guardian UK

‘Parks are our natural heritage, our “biological bank. We should not play Russian roulette with Australia’s national parks’ | Open letter | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk. Recent laws allowing hunting and logging in our parks are misguided. Our reserves protect biological diversity and shouldn’t be used otherwise Emma Johnston, Corey J A Bradshaw and others guardian.co.uk, Monday 17 June 2013 11.23 AEST Nambung national park, Australia. Photograph: Robert Essel/Corbis The Commonwealth environment minister has recently suggested that the federal…

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