Category: Policy and Planning

Urban goals and targets in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

On 2 August, the UN’s 193 Member States reached consensus on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be considered and adopted by world leaders at a September UN Summit. Goals relevant to the urban environment

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Opportunities for the New Urban Agenda

Opportunities for the New Urban Agenda

In the context of the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in October 2016, the New Urban Agenda (NUA) will be agreed upon. Participants in a July workshop agreed that the New Urban Agenda should

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World Cities Summit Mayors Forum ends with sustainability declaration

World Cities Summit Mayors Forum

Mayors and city leaders from around the world reinforced their commitment to sustainable development and environmental reform by signing a policy declaration at the 2015 World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCS) held in Manhattan, New York.

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Offsets in the system: Exploring the many dimensions of biodiversity offsets policy

Decision Point

The August 2015 issue of Decision Point takes a critical look at biodiversity offsets – their pros, cons, strengths and weaknesses.

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State of Australian Cities 2014–2015

State of Australian Cities 2014–2015

Since 2010, the State of Australian Cities reports have examined the progress being made in our major cities. The State of Australian Cities 2014–2015 once again looks at the drivers behind some of the public policy issues facing the country

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Investing in Cities: Prioritising a Cities and Urban Policy Framework

Investing in Cities

Released after State of Australian Cities 2014–2015, this policy platform calls for new investment in our cities recommending renewed action by all governments to increase the productivity, prosperity and liveability of Australia’s cities, and delivers clear next steps for all spheres

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The Australian Government’s Threatened Species Strategy

Australian Government

The Threatened Species Strategy establishes a five-year Action Plan across four areas: tackling feral cats, creating safe havens for species most at risk, improving habitat, and intervening in emergencies to avert extinctions.

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Presentation – Planning for biodiversity at the urban-rural fringe

Planning for biodiversity at the urban-rural fringe

A presentation given by Associate Professor Sarah Bekessy at the recent Biodiversity Across The Borders conference can be viewed online. It includes discussion of how cities are disproportionately important for threatened species and recommends the introduction of Biodiversity Sensitive Urban Design

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Senate inquiry into stormwater resources in Australia

Australian Government

On 16 March 2015 the Senate referred the following matter to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2015: An inquiry into stormwater resources in Australia. The closing date for submissions is 24 April

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Issues paper: Setting Australia’s post-2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions

Issues paper: Setting Australia’s post-2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions

The Australian Government is reviewing of emissions reduction targets as part of Australia’s preparations for the UNFCCC Paris Conference in December 2015. An issues paper outlines the context of Government considerations. Submissions close 3pm AEST on Friday 24 April 2015.

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