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Australian Environmental Subjects : a guide to library resources 

ALPINE REGIONS

Alpine Regions--Some Key Documents

Australian Alps : Kosciuszko, Alpine and Namadgi National Parks (1998) [print]
[A National Parks field guide to the prehistory, landforms, plants, animals & human history of the Alps region]

Australian Alps mining heritage: conservation & presentation strategy (2002) [web access]
[This report is a strategic assessment of mining heritage in the Australian Alps]

Australian Alps rehabilitation manual (2006) [web access]
[A guide to the ecological rehabilitation in the Australian Alps]

Fire history of the Australian Alps (2006) [web access]
[Coverage is from pre-European times until the present. The report also includes advice on planning to reduce unnecessary loss, both in a social and environmental sense]

Kosciuszko National Park plan of management (2006)  [web access]
[The plan provides a framework of objectives, principles and policies to guide the long-term management of the broad range of values contained in the park]

Managing the Australian Alps (2003) [web access]
[A history of cooperative management of the Australian Alps national parks]

Managing the Kosciuszko Alpine Area (2002) [print]
[Describes conservation milestones and future challenges]

Potential effects of global warming on the biota of the Australian Alps (2004) [web access]
[This report summarises current knowledge of predicted climate change effects on alpine and subalpine biota, with a focus on Kosciuszko National Park]

Alpine Regions--Key Organisations

Australian Alps National Parks - Home Page
[Overview of the Alps national parks and the cooperative arrangements for their management]

Australian Institute of Alpine Studies
[The Australian Institute of Alpine Studies is an umbrella organisation for alpine researchers of all disciplines]

Alpine Regions--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:


Alpine National Park (Vic.)
Australian Alps
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
Kosciuszko National Park (N.S.W.)
Mountain ecology Australia
National parks and reserves Australian Alps
National parks and reserves Tasmania

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


BIODIVERSITY

Biodiversity--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

ABRS Flora Online [web access]
[Taxonomic and biological information on species known to occur in Australia drawn from sources such as Flora of Australia (which is also available in print format)

Australia, state of the environment reporting: biodiversity [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures & are grouped together in themes. Biodiversity is one of the themes]

Australian natural resources atlas [web access]
[The National Land and Water Resources Audit is developing the Australian natural resources atlas. It includes a section on Vegetation & Biodiversity]

Australian Plant Name Index (APNI) [web access]
[A list of all published names of Australian vascular plants and their bibliographic and typification details]

Biological survey South Australia [web access]
[Systematic biological surveys of the vegetation and vertebrate fauna of large regions of South Australia. Some reports are only available in print format]

Conservation and protection of national threatened species and ecological communities (2007) [web access]
[An audit by the Australian National Audit Office with the objective of assessing the administration of the  Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999  by the Department of Environment & Heritage in terms of protecting and conserving threatened species and threatened ecological communities in Australia]

Conservation atlas of plant communities in Australia (1995) [print]
[Shows the distribution maps of major and minor plant communities & appraises their conservation status]

Conservation biology for the Australian environment (1998) [print]
[Text book which introduces the principles of conservation biology with a focus on Australian biota]

Conserving Adelaide's biodiversity [web access]
[A series of publications developed by the South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program to inform & encourage best practice in the management of Adelaide's natural heritage. Also available in print format]

Encyclopaedia botanica (1986) [print]
[Reference guide to native and exotic plants in Australia]

Encyclopedia of Australian animals (1992) [print]
[4 volume set covering Birds, Mammals, Frogs & Reptiles]

Fauna of Australia [print]
[Synthesis of the primary literature and other available information for animal groups]

Flora SA [web access]
[Aims to provide comprehensive access to information on the plants of South Australia, however, the flagship publication Flora of South Australia  is only available in print format]

Interim biogeographic regionalisation for Australia [web access]
[A framework for conservation planning and sustainable resource management within a bioregional context]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species [web access] 
[The main purpose of the list is to catalogue and highlight those taxa which are facing a higher risk of global extinction]

Landscape health in Australia (2000) [web access]
[This report is part of the National Land and Water Resources Audit assessment of the condition of the natural resources of Australia. Also available in print format]

National framework for the management and monitoring of Australia's native vegetation (2001) [web access]
[The Framework sets out a national approach to the management & monitoring of Australia's native vegetation. Also available in print format]

National objectives and targets for biodiversity conservation (2001) [web access]
[This document sets objectives and targets for ten priority outcomes which the Commonwealth, States and Territories should pursue. Also available in print format]

National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity (1996) [web access]
[The National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity aims to bridge the gap between current activities and the effective identification, conservation and management of Australia's biological diversity. Also available in print format]

Native vegetation national overview : States, Territories, Commonwealth stocktake of native vegetation management (1999) [web access]
[Published in the context of the National framework for the management and monitoring of Australia's native vegetation (see above) this report provides a snapshot of the situation in each Australian jurisdiction. Also available in print format]

No species loss: a nature conservation strategy for South Australia 2007-2017 (2007) [web access]
[Set out priority targets for the protection and conservation of South Australia's biodiversity]

Rare or threatened Australian plants (1996) [print]
[Lists taxa that are Presumed Extinct, Endangered, Vulnerable, Rare or Poorly Known at the national level]

Review of the national strategy for the conservation of Australia's biological diversity (2001) [web access]
[This document reviews the National Strategy for the Conservation of Australia's Biological Diversity - see above. Also available in print format]

Biodiversity--Key Organisations

Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)
[Aims to provide the underlying taxonomic knowledge necessary for the conservation and sustainable use of Australia's biodiversity]

Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research & Australian National Herbarium
[The Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research provides a national focus for botanical data, & in particular, it documents the biological diversity of the Australian environment]

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
[This division of CSIRO is concerned with sustainable development of rural and regional Australia]

Australia Dept of the Environment, Water, Heritage, and the Arts : Biodiversity

South Australia Dept for Environment & Heritage : Biodiversity

South Australia Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation

Threatened Species Network
[The Threatened Species Network (TSN) is a joint program of WWF and the Natural Heritage Trust]

Biodiversity--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Biodiversity conservation Australia
Biological diversity Australia
Biological diversity conservation Australia
Botany Australia
Endangered plants Australia
Endangered species Australia
Nature conservation Australia
Plant conservation Australia
Wildlife conservation Australia
Zoology Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


CLIMATE CHANGE/GREENHOUSE EFFECT

Climate Change/Greenhouse Effect--Some Key Documents

2006 IPCC guidelines for national greenhouse gas inventories [web access]
[The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Guidelines were first accepted in 1994 and published in 1995. This is the 2006 update of those guidelines]  

Australian Government's initial report under the Kyoto Protocol (2008) [web access]
[This report is a submission by the Australian Government to the secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change]

Australia's Fourth National Communication on Climate Change to the United Nations (2005) [web access]
[Text of Australia's report on its commitments under the Convention on Climate Change]

Australia's national greenhouse accounts [web access] 
[A comprehensive set of reports outlining Australia's greenhouse gas emissions - as a nation, by state, and by industry.  Includes the latest National Greenhouse Gas inventory. Earlier inventories are available in print format]

Carbon offset providers in Australia 2007 [web access]
[This report has been prepared to provide Australian organisations seeking to offset their emissions, with comparative information regarding offsetting services available]

Carbon pollution reduction scheme [web access]
[The Australian Government's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme white paper outlines the final design of the scheme and the medium-term, target range for reducing carbon pollution. The executive summary and full report available here.
Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme legislation draft available here]

Climate change in Australia: technical report (2007) [web access]
[The purpose of this CSIRO/Bureau of Meteorology report is to provide an up-to-date assessment of observed climate change over Australia, the likely causes, and projections of future changes to Australia's climate]

Climate change in South Australia (2002) [web access]
[Presents results of a project undertaken by the CSIRO for the South Australian Government to assess observed and projected climate change in South Australia, its impacts and potential adaptations. This report is updated by a 2006 report entitled Climate change under enhanced greenhouse conditions in South Australia]

Climate change risk and vulnerability (2005) [web access]
[A report to the Australian government on planning for the effects of climate change]

Climate change: risks and opportunities (2006) [web access]
[A report compiled by Stephen Schneider as Adelaide Thinker in Residence for the South Australian government]

Emissions - who is trading what? (2008) [web access]
[Provided by the Australian Parliamentary Library. An overview of emissions trading, the types of trading schemes and an examination of existing and proposed schemes]

Environmental indicators for national state of the environment reporting : the atmosphere (2001) [web access]
[Recommends a key set of 60 environmental indicators for the atmosphere for Australian state of the environment reporting. Also available in print format]

Garnaut Climate Change Review (2007) [web access]
[The review was established to examine the impacts of climate change on the Australian economy. The final report was released 30 September, 2008]             

Greenhouse, carbon trading and land management (1999) [web access]
[Reviews the key elements of the Kyoto Protocol, and the Australian Government's greenhouse package. Also available in print format]

Greenhouse Challenge : evaluation report (1999) [web access]
[The Greenhouse Challenge conducted an independent evaluation of the program in 1999. This report evaluates the program's achievements to date and makes recommendations about its future. Also available in print format]

Greenhouse pollution (2007) [print]
[Overview of the greenhouse issues which are confronting Australian society. A book description is linked here]

Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (1998) [web access]
[An international agreement linked to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change]

National Carbon Accounting System (NCAS) [web access]
[A number of strategic reports are available from the Department of Climate Change]

National greenhouse and energy reporting system [web access]
[A mandatory reporting system for corporate greenhouse gas emissions and energy production and consumption. Guidelines available here]

National inventory report 2006 [web access]
[The Australian Government submission to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2006 report updates the estimates presented in the National Inventory Report 2005 Revised, submitted under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in February 2006. Available here in print]

Regional climate change decision framework for natural resource management (2008) [web access]
[Final report of the Regional Climate Change Decision Framework Project, a collaboration between Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation and Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board]

South Australian Government submission to the Department of Climate Change Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme green paper (2008) [web access]
[Addresses areas of the Commonwealth's Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme Green Paper which impact on South Australia]

Tackling climate change: South Australia's greenhouse strategy 2007-2020 (2007) [web access]
[Setting a framework for the way South Australia deals with climate change]

There’s a change on the way : an initial integrated assessment of projected climate change impacts and adaptation options for natural resource management in the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges region (2006) [web access]
[Based on various climate change projections for South Australia, this report released by the Department of Water, Land and Biodiversity Conservation looks at how natural resources in the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges may be affected and possible adaptation options]

Tracking to the Kyoto target 2007 [web access]
[Australia’s greenhouse emissions trends 1990 to 2008-2012 and 2020]

Climate Change/Greenhouse Effect--Key Organisations

Australia Dept of Climate Change
[Established December 2007. Formerly the Australian Greenhouse Office]

CSIRO Marine & Atmospheric Research
[Information on the geenhouse effect & the research role played by the CSIRO]

IPCC National Greenhouse Gas Inventories Programme (IPCC-NGGIP)
[The objectives of the IPCC-NGGIP are to develop and refine an internationally-agreed methodology and software for the calculation and reporting of national GHG emissions and removals, and to encourage the use of this methodology by countries participating in the IPCC and by signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)]

OECD: Climate Change
[OECD aims to assist countries to implement effective and efficient policies to address climate change by conducting policy-relevant research and analysis. This website provides links to Publications and Documents, and to Information by Country]

South Australia Dept of the Premier and Cabinet: Sustainability and Climate Change
[This website is an information source on climate change and greenhouse issues as they impact on South Australia's environment, communities and industry sectors]

United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
[The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is an international treaty committing countries to take steps to reduce the threat of global climate change. This site includes the full text of the convention as well as the full text of the Kyoto Protocol]

Climate Change/Greenhouse Effect--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Climatic changes Australia
Climatic changes South Australia
Energy conservation Australia
Energy conservation South Australia
Energy policy Australia
Energy policy South Australia
Greenhouse effect Australia
Greenhouse effect South Australia
Emissions trading Australia
Greenhouse gases Australia
Greenhouse gases Environmental aspects Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


COASTAL & MARINE ENVIRONMENTS

Coastal & Marine--Some Key Documents

Adelaide coastal waters study (2007) [web access]
[Final report of a joint venture between the South Australian Environment Protection Agency (now Authority) and CSIRO. Print format also available]  

Adelaide's living beaches  (2005) [web access]
[Sets out the beach management strategy for 2005-2025. Print copies of the main report & the technical report are also available]

Australia, state of the environment reporting: coasts and oceans [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures & are grouped together in themes. Coasts and Oceans is one of the themes]

Australian and New Zealand guidelines for fresh and marine water quality (2000) [web access]
[Provides an authoritative guide for setting water quality objectives required to sustain current, or likely future, environmental values/uses for natural and semi-natural water resources in Australia and New Zealand]

Australian natural resources atlas [web access]
[The National Land and Water Resources Audit is developing the Australian natural resources atlas. It includes a section on Coasts]

Australia's oceans policy  [web access]
[Australia’s Oceans Policy was released in 1998 and continues to guide the direction of the Australian Government’s programmes in the marine environment.  The report and associated documentation are also available in print format]

Beaches of the South Australian Coast and Kangaroo Island (2001) [print]
[Provides background to the physical nature and evolution of the South Australian coast and its beach system]

Biological survey of the South Australian coastal dune and clifftop vegetation (1999) [print]
[A survey conducted as part of the Biological Survey South Australia]

Coastal management in Australia (2002) [print]
[A comprehensive overview of coastal management in Australia by Nick Harvey & Brian Caton]

Coastal processes study of Adelaide beaches (2004) [web access]
[A report on coastal process modelling for the metropolitan coastline of Adelaide. Also available in print format]

Coastal Tourism : A Manual for Sustainable Development (1997) [web access]
[A manual designed to help with issues associated with sustainable development of coastal environments]

Coastal Zone Inquiry (1993) [web access]
[Final report arising from the Resource Assessment Commission's inquiry into the management and use of the resources of Australia's coastal zone]

Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) [web access]
[CAPAD is a listing of all statutory protected areas in Australia]

Community estuary monitoring manual (2007) [web access]
[The EPA in South Australia has developed this estuarine monitoring framework which is suitable for use by a wide range of community groups]

Guide to marine protected areas (2000) [web access]
[Provides a guide to the process of Marine Protection Area planning with special reference to South Australia]

Implications of climate change for Australian fisheries and aquaculture (2008) [web access]
[A preliminary assessment of the state of knowledge of the implications of climate change for fisheries and aquaculture in Australia]

Intergrated marine and coastal regionalisation of Australia (IMCRA) [web access]
[IMCRA is a spatial framework for classifying Australia's marine environment into bioregions]

Living coast strategy for South Australia (2004) [web access]
[This strategy sets out the State Government's environmental policy directions for sustainable management of South Australia's coastal, estuarine and marine environments]

Living on the coast : the Commonwealth Coastal Policy (1995) [web access]
[Presents the Commonwealth's vision for a co-operative, integrated approach to coastal management. Also available in print format]

Major studies and reports on Adelaide coast protection [web access]
[This site from the S.A. Department of Environment & Heritage provides a summary of activities since the Culver Report in 1970. It includes links to full-text documents where available, but check the library catalogue for reports which are only available in print]

Marine planning framework for South Australia (2006) [web access]
[A whole of Government approach to the management of current & future activities within the marine and coastal environment]

National approach to addressing marine biodiversity decline  [web access]
[A report to the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council that sets out a proposed cross-jurisdictional response to marine biodiversity decline]

National cooperative approach to integrated coastal zone management (2006) [web access]
[This plan sets out implementation objectives and actions required to address coastal management issues]

National Ocean Disposal Guidelines for Dredged Material (2002) [web access]
[Provides a comprehensive framework for the assessment of the environmental impacts from the disposal at sea of dredged material. Also available in print format]

National Water Quality Management Strategy (NWQMS) [web access]
[The main policy objective of the NWQMS is to achieve sustainable use of the nation's water resources by protecting and enhancing their quality while maintaining economic and social development]

Our sea, our future : major findings of the State of the marine environment report for Australia (1995) [web access]
[The State of the Marine Environment Report for Australia (SOMER) is the first comprehensive description of Australia's marine environment, its uses and values, the issues and threats affecting it, and its management. Also available in print format]

Our seas and coasts : a marine & estuarine strategy for South Australia (1998) [print]
[A report commissioned by the S.A. Government. Complemented by the publication State of our seas and coasts which contains supporting information to the report]

OzCoast & OzEstuaries  [web access]
[OzCoast and OzEstuaries is a publicly accessible online database with a web based interface that provides comprehensive information about Australia's coast, including its estuaries and coastal waterways]

Strategic plan of action for the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas (NRSMPA) (1999) [web access]
[This plan sets out the actions required to achieve the goals of the NRSMPA, and provides background information to assist in the understanding of the system and the processes required for its development. Also available in print format]

Toward a national marine science policy for Australia (1997) [web access]
[Prepared by a working party of the Australian Marine Sciences Association, this document makes recommendations on a National Marine Science Policy. Also available in print format]

Variability and trends in the Australian wave climate and consequent coastal vulnerability (2008) [web access]
[Final report for the Department of Climate Change Suface Ocean Waves Variability Project]

Coastal & Marine--Key Organisations

Australia Dept of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts: Coasts & Oceans
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
South Australia Dept for Environment & Heritage : Coasts & Marine resources

Coastal & Marine--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Coastal ecology Australia
Coastal engineering Australia
Coastal zone management Australia
Coastal zone management South Australia
Marinas South Australia
Marine debris Australia
Marine ecology Australia
Marine ecology South Australia
Marine parks and reserves Australia
Marine parks and reserves South Australia
Marine pollution Australia
Marine resources conservation Australia
Oil pollution of rivers, harbors Australia
Oil pollution of the sea Australia
Shipping Environmental aspects Australia
Shore protection Australia
Shore protection South Australia
Waste disposal in the ocean Australia

 Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

Environmental Education--Some Key Documents

Educating for a sustainable future (2005) [web access]
[Provides a nationally agreed description of the nature and purpose of environmental education for sustainability through all years of schooling, including a vision and a framework for its implementation. Also available in print format]

Environmental education for a sustainable future (2000) [web access]
[Aims to provide a national framework for better awareness and coordination of environmental education activities to promote best practice and professional development in the field and enhance existing efforts by environmental education providers]

Environmental education review: formal education sector (2003) [web access]
[A review of nationwide curriculum documents to develop a comprehensive map indicating where matters relevant to environmental education are represented and to identify national priorities]

National review of environmental education and its contribution (2005) [web access]
[Provides a snapshot of Environmental Education and its contribution to sustainability across a number of sectors within Australia. Also available in print format]

Sustainability in the Australasian university context (2006) [print]
[Discusses the context of sustainability in the Australasian tertiary sector, provides examples of innovative education for sustainability initiatives, and presents details of leading campus greening projects]

Whole-School Approaches to Sustainability: a review of models for professional development in pre-service teacher education (2006) [web access]
[The goal of the research was to identify strategies that could lead to changes within pre-service teacher education]

Whole-School Approaches to Sustainability :  an international review of whole-school sustainability programs  (2004) [web access]
[Investigates and reviews a number of nationwide, whole-school initiatives developing around the world that reflect a range of innovative approaches to sustainability]

Environmental Education--Key Organisations

Aries: Australian Research Institute in Education for Sustainability
[Its core business is to undertake research that informs policy and practice in Education for Sustainability across a range of sectors]

Globe Australia
[GLOBE is an initiative of the US Government and stands for Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment. GLOBE creates an international network of students in primary and secondary schools, studying environmental issues, making environmental measurements, and sharing useful environmental data with the international environmental science community. This site documents Australian participation in GLOBE]

Sustainability  Education
[From the Dept of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts this site provides information about sustainability education]

Environmental Education--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Environmental education--Australia
Sustainable development Study and teaching--Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics).  Another useful database for environmental educational topics is the Australian Education Index


ENVIRONMENTAL HISTORY--METRO ADELAIDE

Environmental History of Metropolitan Adelaide--Some Starting Points

Adelaide, nature of a city: the ecology of a dynamic city from 1836 to 2036 (2005) [print]
[An analysis of the biological life that forms the basis of the city of Adelaide]

Aboriginal and historic places around metropolitan Adelaide and the south coast (1984) [print]
[Documentation of sites of Aboriginal interest]

Adelaide metropolitan coastline (1993) [web access]
[Outlines the geomorphic history of the metropolitan coastline including the effects of European settlement]

Conquest to conservation : history of human impact on the South Australian environment (1985) [print]
[Reviews the history of human ecology in South Australia]

Conserving Adelaide's biodiversity [web access]
[Identifies priority vegetation types and remnant vegetation sites, site descriptions, threats to biodiversity, management strategies, species lists and technical information on the region's flora and fauna. Also available in print format]

Forests and woodlands of the Adelaide Plains in 1836 [web access]
[Maps of the Adelaide Plains showing vegetation boundaries and locality names as probable in 1836]

Geology and the Adelaide environment (1984)  [print]

Native plants of Adelaide (2005)  [print]
[A reference guide to the indigenous flora of the Adelaide plains]

Natural history of the Adelaide region (1976)  [print]

Plants of the Adelaide plains and hills (2006) [print]

Pre-European vegetation of Adelaide : a survey (1996)  [print]

Soils and geology of the Adelaide area (1974)  [print]

State of the environment report for South Australia (from 2003) [web access]
[Required under the Environment Protection Act 1993.  Also available in print format from 1988 onward]

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT

EIA South Australia--Some Key Documents 

Changing role of environmental impact assessment under the South Australian Development Act 1994 to 2005 (2006) [print]
Environmental impact statements for major projects in South Australia from 1982 to 1994 (1995) [print]
[These two publications provide an overview of EIA in South Australia from 1982 to 2005]

Environmental impact assessment : procedures, practice and prospects in Australia (1998) [print]
[Provides a guide to environmental assessment procedures in Australia] 

Environmental impact statement study areas data set [web access]
[Provides a description of environmental impact statements prepared in South Australia from 1974 to 1996]

Role of the environment impact statements under the South Australian Planning Act from 1982-1993 (1993) [web access]
[This thesis examines the role of the EIS as a major element of Envionmental Impact Assessment in South Australia. Also available in print format]

Strategic environmental assessment in Australasia (2002) [print]
[Information about the state of strategic environmental assessment (SEA) in Australia and New Zealand]

EIA South Australia--Legislation & Agreements

S.A. Department for Environment & Heritage : Legislation [web access]
[Provides links to a number of S.A. Acts and Regulations administered by the Dept of Environment & Heritage]

Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act [web access]
[This Commonwealth Act provides that actions that are likely to have a significant impact on matters of national environmental significance (NES) are subject to a rigorous assessment and approval process. Details of the Act & these processes are provided by this Web site]

AustLII [web access]
[Provides full text access to Australian legislation (Commonwealth, State & Territories)

EIA South Australia--Key Organisations

Planning SA
[Planning SA is the State Government's advisory agency on land use planning, development policy and strategy, the building code, and urban design and open space policy]

S.A. Dept for Environment & Heritage : Environment Protection Authority
[South Australia's primary environmental regulator, responsible for the protection of air and water quality, and the control of pollution, waste, noise and radiation]

EIA South Australia--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books/reports. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Environmental impact analysis South Australia
Environmental impact statements South Australia
Environmental law South Australia
Environmental policy South Australia
Environmental protection South Australia
Environmental risk assessment South Australia

Keep in mind that The State Library of South Australia as well as Local libraries are alternative sources of information for EIA publications relating to South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)

To find newspaper articles search Factiva. It includes full-text access to The Advertiser and The Australian

EIA--Web Resources

 Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency
[A federal body accountable to the Canadian Minister of the Environment]

EPA
[The United States Environmental Assessment Agency. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes]

EPBC Act
[The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (the EPBC Act) is the Australian Government's central piece of environmental legislation]

IAIA
[The International Association for Impact Assessment brings together researchers, practitioners, and users of various types of impact assessment from all parts of the world. IAIA involves people from many disciplines and professions]

Oxford Brookes University
[The Impacts Assessment Unit provides a number links to web sites which have an EIA related theme]


ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

Environmental Protection--Some Key Documents

Australian Environment Departments [web access]
[A directory covering the Commonwealth, the States & Territories]

Australia, state of the environment reporting [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures for the Australian continent, surrounding seas and Australia's external territories]

Australian guidelines for establishing the national reserve system (1999) [web access]
[The Australian Guidelines for Establishing the National Reserve System have been prepared to assist in the development of the National Reserve System (NRS), and to assist stakeholders in the understanding of this process]

Caring for our country : outcomes 2008-2013 [web access]
[The Australian Government's new environmental management initiative aims to secure inmproved strategic outcomes across six national priority areas]

Environment Protection & Biodiversity Conservation Act [web access]
[Protects the environment, particularly on matters of national environmental significance]

Environmental performance reviews : Australia (1998) [print]
[OECD review of Australia's environmental performance in the light of domestic objectives & international commitments]

Environmental policy:  Australian practice in the context of theory (2007) [print]
[Shows how policy is developed on a practical level within an Australian context]

Guide to environmental legislation in Australia and New Zealand (5th edition, 1997)  [print]
[The Australian and New Zealand Environment and Conservation Council's summary and brief description of environment protection and related legislation of the federal, state and territory governments of Australia, and of New Zealand]

National Reserve System Programme [web access]
[The National Reserve System Program is designed to help build a comprehensive national park and nature reserve system across the entire Australian land mass]

State of the environment report for South Australia (from 2003) [web access]
[Required under the Environment Protection Act 1993.  Also available in print format from 1988 onward]

Environment Protection--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Environmental policy Australia
Environmental policy South Australia
Environmental protection Australia
Environmental protection South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGIES & INDUSTRIES

Environmental Technologies & Industries--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

Australian environment industry directory [web access]
Environment directory [web access]
[Two web-sites which list organisations that provide environmental goods, services, technologies and infrastructure in Australia]

Australian environmental technologies in mining (2000) [print]
[The mining environmental technologies described include hardware, systems & services that provide a net environmental benefit]

Australia's leading edge environmental technologies : final report (2000) [print]
[This report documents some of the Australian products & services at the leading edge of environmental technology]

Being heard above the crowd : showcasing the environment industries (2001) [web access]
[A report on positioning the Australian environment industry in the international marketplace. Also available in print format]

Employment in the environment: methods, measurements and messages (2003) [web access]
[Results of an enquiry by the  House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage]

Environment industry cluster development : the South Australian experience (2001) [web access]
[This report documents the outcomes of this collaborative cluster development process. Also available in print format]

Environmental research ethics (1998) [print]
[Outcome of a study into ethics and the conduct of research in protected and environmentally sensitive areas]

Investing in sustainability (2001) [print]
[Proposes a set of actions to achieve a sustainable and internationally competitive Australian environment industry]

State of public environmental reporting in corporate Australia (2003) [web access]
[Presents the results of a project to identify the number of Australia's largest companies that have undertaken a Public Environmental Report (PER) or are planning to]

Environmental Technologies & Industries--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Environment industry Australia
Environmental ethics Australia
Environmental technology Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


ENVIRONMENTALISM

Environmentalism--Some Starting Points

Australian householders' attitudes to greenhouse issues (2002) [web access]
[A 2002 literature review of the level of concern by Australians about the environment]

Ebbing of the green tide? : environmentalism, public opinion and the media in Australia (1998) [print]
[The level of concern shown by Australians regarding the environment is analysed through opinion polls, survey data and media coverage]

Environmental issues: people's views and practices (1994 onwards) [web access]
[The Australian Bureau of Statistics'  regular surveys of the environmental behaviour and practices of Australians]

Green power : the environment movement in Australia (2000) [print]
[Covers the environmental movement and environmental politics of Australia in recent decades]

History of the Australian environment movement (1999) [print]
[Traces the environment movement in Australia including the major environmental issues since the 1960's]

Patriots : defending Australia’s natural heritage (2006) [print]
[An account of the conservationists involved in the struggle to preserve Australia's natural environment]

Environmentalism--Key Organisations

Australian Conservation Foundation
Conservation Council of South Australia
Friends of the Earth Australia
Greenpeace Australia Pacific
Wilderness Society
Wildlife Preservation Society

Environmentalism--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Conservationists Australia
Environmentalism Australia
Green movement Australia
Nature conservation Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)

To find newspaper articles search Factiva. It includes full-text access to most Australian newspapers including The Advertiser and The Australian


FORESTS & FORESTRY

Forests & Forestry--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

Australia's state of the forests report 2008 [web access]
Australia's state of the forests report 2003 [web access]
Australia's state of the forests report 1998 [web access]
[Produced by the National Forest Inventory this is a five-yearly report on sustainable forest management in Australia. Also available in print format]

Australian commodity statistics [web access]
[Forest products statistics are included in this annual publication. Earlier volumes available in print format]

Australian forest and wood products statistics [web access]
[Provides quarterly & annual data on the consumption, production, import & exports of wood & paper products]

Australian forest plantations:  a review of Plantations for Australia : the 2020 vision (2004) [web access]
[Report of a Senate committee enquiry. Also available in print format]

Australian Forestry Standard (2007) [web access]
[Full text of Australian Standard AS 4708-2007, the object of which is to provide the criteria & requirements that support sustainable management of forests for wood production]

Australia's plantations 2009 inventory update [web access]
[Contains summary data from the Plantation Information Network on plantation resources for Australia nationally and for each region]

Forest and Timber Inquiry final report (4 volumes, 1992) [print]
[Report of the Forest & Timber Inquiry set up by the Commonwealth Government to review the option for the use of Australia's forest & timber resources]

Forestry debate (2002) [print] 
[Investigates the social issues concerning forestry and sustainability in Australia]

National Conference on Australian Forest History [print]
[Proceedings of the various National Conferences on Australian Forest History which have been held regularly since 1988]

National Forest Inventory [web access]
[The National Forest Inventory (NFI) collects and communicates information on Australia's forests. It aims to provide a single authoritative source of forest data at the national level]

National forest policy statement : a new focus for Australia's forests (1992) [web access]
[Australia's National Forest Policy of 1992 sets out broad conservation and industry goals for the management of Australia's forests agreed between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments. Also available in print format]

National indigenous forestry strategy (2005) [web access]
[A strategy developed by the Australian Government in consultation with Indigenous communities and forest industry stakeholders]

Nationally agreed criteria for the establishment of a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system for forests in Australia (1997) [web access]
[Developed as part of the Regional Forest Agreements]

Old growth forests (2007) [print]
[Examines the current state of forestry and conservation in relation to old growth forests]

Regional Forest Agreements [web access]
[Regional Forest Agreements are part of the implementation of Australia's National Forest Policy of 1992]

Survey of Australia's forest resource (1992) [print]
[The Forest Resource Survey was conducted as part of the Forest & Timber Inquiry  to provide a standardised continent-scale description of Australia's native forest & plantation resources]

Forests & Forestry--Key Organisations

Australian Forest History Society

CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products
[CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products conducts research into forestry, wood and paper science in Australia]

Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Australia: Forestry (DAFF)

Forest & Wood Products Australia
[The primary functions of FWPA are investment in research and development
projects of relevance to the Australian forest and wood products industries as well as support for promotional and marketing activities on behalf of the industry.

National Association of Forest Industries (NAFI)
[NAFI presents the forest industries' views on matters relating to the national development and use of forests and forest products]

Plantation Information Network
[Information and data on Australian timber plantations]

South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program
[The Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (UFBP) has the role of conserving the biodiversity of greater Adelaide]

Forests & Forestry--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Forest conservation Australia
Forest ecology Australia
Forest fires Australia
Forest management Australia
Forest policy Australia
Forests & forestry Australia
Forests & forestry South Australia
Logging Environmental aspects Australia
Rain forest ecology Australia
Reforestation Australia
Sustainable forestry

 Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


HERITAGE & CONSERVATION

Heritage & Conservation-- Some Key Documents/Data Sources

Adaptive re-use:  preserving our past, building our future (2004) [web access]
[Explores some of the environmental, social and economic benefits of the adaptive reuse of historic buildings. Also available in print format]

Australia ICOMOS Charter for the Conservation of Places of Cultural Significance (the Burra Charter) [web access]
[Full text of the charter]

Australia, state of the environment reporting [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures, & are grouped together in themes]

Australian Heritage Directory [web access]
[Provides comprehensive links to heritage resources in Australia]

Australian Heritage Database [web access]
[Information about  natural, historic and indigenous places. Includes places in the World Heritage List, the National Heritage List, the Commonwealth Heritage list, the Register of the National Estate]

Australian Heritage Places Inventory (AHPI) [web access]
[Contains summary information about places listed in State, Territory and Commonwealth Heritage Registers with links to the contributing heritage registers]

Australian Natural Heritage Charter [web access]
[The Purpose of this Charter is to assist everyone with an interest in the significance and conservation of natural heritage. It provides definitions of terms, a statement of principles and a rational process for making decisions. Also available in print format]

Australia's world heritage (2008) [web access]
[Details of Australia's world heritage sites. Also available in print format]

Bilateral agreements between the Commonwealth & States/Territories to deliver the Natural Heritage Trust [web access]
[Full text of the bilateral and partnership agreements]

Conquest to conservation : history of human impact on the South Australian environment (1985) [print]
[1985 publication which reviews the history of human ecology in South Australia]

Conservation of Australia's historic heritage places (2006) [web access]
[A report from the Productivity Commission which inquired into the policy framework and incentives for the conservation of Australia's built heritage places. Also available in print format]

Environmental indicators for national state of the environment reporting:  natural and cultural heritage (1998) [web access]
[Recommends a key set of 43 environmental indicators for the natural and cultural heritage theme for Australian state of the environment reporting. Also available in print format]

Geographies of Australian heritages (2007) [print]
[Case studies which illustrate the range and diversity of heritage issues confronting Australia]

Guide to Heritage Agencies in South Australia [web access]
[Links to agencies responsible for heritage in South Australia]

Heritage directions: a future for built heritage in South Australia (2003) [web access]
[Provides a framework which addresses the identification, protection and promotion of built heritage in South Australia. Also available in print format]

Heritage: identification, conservation, and management (2002) [print]
[Examines the wide variety of heritage sites that make up Australia’s cultural and natural heritage]

International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) [web access]
[ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites. This charter was adopted by ICOMOS in 1965]

Making heritage happen (2004) [web access]
[Report of a taskforce which examined incentives and other policy tools to promote heritage conservation in Australia]

South Australia's state NRM plan (2006) [web access]
[A five-year plan (with a fifty year vision) which sets out a landscape approach to managing South Australia's natural resources]

Heritage & Conservation--Key Organisations

Australian Heritage Council
[The Australian Heritage Council is the principal adviser to the Australian Government on heritage matters]

Environment Australia : Australian Heritage
[Information about the conservation of Australia's natural, Indigenous and historic heritage]

Heritage Branch: South Australia Dept for Environment & Heritage
[The roles of the Heritage Branch are to identify, conserve, protect, promote and provide policy advice on the State's built and maritime heritage]

Natural Heritage Trust
[The Trust is a partnership of individuals, communities and governments, targeting environmental problems at their source]

Heritage & Conservation--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Conservation of natural resources Australia
Conservation of natural resources South Australia
Cultural property Protection Australia
Historic buildings Conservation and restoration Australia
Historic buildings Conservation and restoration South Australia
Historic sites Conservation and restoration Australia
Historic sites Conservation and restoration South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics and the database Australian Heritage Bibliography in particular)


MURRAY-DARLING BASIN

Murray-Darling Basin--Some Key Documents

Agreement on Murray-Darling Basin Reform (2008) [web access]
[In July 2008 the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) signed an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) committed to Basin-wide management and planning, through new structures and partnerships]

Basin salinity management strategy : 2001-2015 (2001) [web access]
[A framework for State salinity strategies, catchment management strategies and Land & Water Manangement Plans to work together for common objectives]

Biodiversity plan for the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin (2001) [print]
[Provides guidance on the priority issues for the conservation, management and rehabilitation of the region's flora and fauna]

CSIRO Murray-Darling Basin Sustainable Yields reports (2008) [web access]
[A major research project on current and future water availability in the Murray-Darling Basin. It includes reports on 18 regions and an overall Basin report]

The Darling (2004) [print]
[Deals with the natural history, geology and history of the Darling river]

Dryland regional strategy, Murray-Darling Basin, South Australia (1998) [print]
[This report from the Soil Boards CARE Committee summarises & sets priorities for natural resource management across the region]

Environmental indicators for national state of the environment reporting : inland waters (1998) [web access]
[This report follows up the publication Australia : State Of The Environment which was the first comprehensive assessment of Australia's environment. Also available in print format]

Environmental flows for the River Murray (2005) [web access]
[Outlines South Australia's proposed framework for collective action to restore river health 2005-2010]

Floodplain wetlands management strategy for the Murray-Darling Basin (1998) [print]
[Report from the Murray-Darling Basin Commission which has the goal of maintaining and enhancing floodplain wetland ecosystems in the Murray-Darling Basin]

Fresh history of the Lakes (2004) [web access]
[A history of the Lakes: Wellington to the Murray Mouth, 1800's to 1935]

Integrated catchment management in the Murray-Darling Basin : 2001-2010 (2001) [web access]
[Outlines an approach to integrated catchment management premised upon a sustainable future for the Basin & its communities. Also available in print format]

Integrated natural resource management plan for the South Australian Murray-Darling basin (2004) [web access]
[Plan aimed at the fully integrated management of all natural resources within the Murray-Darling basin of S.A.]

The Murray (1990) [print]
[Deals with the natural history, geology and history of the basin]

Murray-Darling Basin groundwater : a resource for the future (1999) [print]
[Overview of groundwater systems of the Basin]

Murray-Darling basin resources (1997) [print]
[An audit of the natural, economic and human resources of the Basin]

Native vegetation of the Murray Region (2006) [print]
[A guide to the identification, protection and restoration of native vegetation communities and plant species of the South Australian Murray Darling Basin. Also available in CD-ROM format]

Regional options for the SA MDB NRM region (2004) [web access]
[A series of recommendations by a Steering Committee on the regional options for the South Australian Murray Darling Basin Natural Resource Management Board]

Review of Cap Implementation 2005/06 (2007) [web access]
[Identifies the progress in each of the states and the ACT in establishing and/or operating the Cap]

River Murray wetlands, their characteristics, significance and management (1986) [print]
[A report on a study of wetlands along the South Australian section of the River Murray (including Lower Lakes and Coorong) 1983-1986]

Salinity audit of the Murray-Darling Basin : a 100-year perspective, 1999 [web access]
[Presents data on the extent of the salinity threat in the Murray-Darling Basin & considers the economic & environmental impacts. Also available in print format]

South Australian River Murray Wetlands ten year plan (1994) [print]
[A ten year management plan produced by the South Australian River Murray Wetlands Management Committee for floodplain wetlands in the South Australian River Murray Valley]

Water politics in the Murray-Darling Basin (2007) [print]
[The crisis in the Murray Darling Basin is reviewed and a new institutional system of governance is proposed]

Wetland GIS of the Murray-Darling Basin (1999) [print]
[A report to the Murray-Darling Basin Commission on the distribution and extent of wetlands across the Murray-Darling Basin. Additional data is available in CD-ROM format]

Wetland management : a manual for wetlands of the River Murray in South Australia (1993) [print]
[Aimed to assist wetland managers in rehabilitation, improvement or maintenance of wetlands]

Wetlands atlas of the South Australian Murray Valley (1996) [print]
[A summary of information on Murray Valley wetlands as a basis for integrated catchment management]

Murray-Darling Basin--Key Organisations

Murray-Darling Basin Authority 
[An independent, expert-based body which will assume responsibility for the current functions of the Murray-Darling Basin Commission]

EPA: Water Quality in South Australia
[The Environment Protection Authority (SA) investigates and reports on water quality issues in South Australia. Details of their water publications are linked here]

Eco-Social Sustainability of the Murray-Darling Basin Research Network
[This network seeks to develop a series of interdisciplinary models of best practice in social and environmental sustainability, using the Murray-Darling Basin as a major case study]

National Dryland Salinity Program
[Between 1993 and 2005 this was Australia's lead research and development program investigating dryland salinity. The information generated by the program is available from their website]

SA Murray Darling Basin Integrated Natural Resource Management Group
[The principle purpose of the Group has been to prepare an Integrated Natural Resource Management Plan and accompanying Investment Strategies for the region]

South Australia Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation : River Murray 
[The department is a key player in the  management of the State's natural resources]

South Australian Water Corporation - River Murray Operations Unit 
[The contracting authority to the Murray Darling Basin Commission for the operation and maintenance of the River Murray control structures in S.A.]

Murray-Darling Basin--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. Keyword searching is probably the best search option, but  remember to incorporate keyword searching techniques such as phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators. Here are some examples:

"darling river"
"lower lakes" or "murray mouth" or coorong
"murray river" and (salinity or salinization)

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


NATIONAL PARKS & WILDERNESS

National Parks/Wilderness--Some Key Documents

Atlas of South Australian national parks and wildlife reserve boundaries (3 volumes, 2nd edition, 1995) [print]
[Provides a spatial & textual catalogue of all land dedicated under the National Parks & Wildlife Act, 1972, & the Wilderness Protection Act, 1992]

Australian guidelines for establishing the national reserve system (1999) [web access]
[The Australian Guidelines for Establishing the National Reserve System have been prepared to assist in the development of the National Reserve System (NRS), and to assist stakeholders in the understanding of this process]

Best practice reports : ANZECC Working Group on National Parks (1996-2002) [web access]
[A series of reports, each one dealing with a particular aspect of protected area management]

Centenary field guide of major parks and reserves of South Australia (1991) [print]
[Guide to S.A. national parks]

Collaborative Australian Protected Areas Database (CAPAD) [web access]
[CAPAD is being developed for all terrestrial and marine protected areas. The data set is compiled from data supplied by the relevant Commonwealth, State and Territory land/sea conservation and resource management agencies]

Conserving Australia : Australia’s national parks, conservation reserves and marine protected areas (2007) [web access]
[Report of an inquiry by the a Senate Standing Committee into the funding and resourcing of Australia's national parks, other conservation reserves and marine protected areas]

Directions for the National Reserve System : a partnership approach (2005) [web access]
[Represents the collective efforts of the States, Territories, the Australian Government, and non-government organisations to achieve an Australian system of protected areas.  Also available in print format]

Evaluating effectiveness: a framework for assessing management of protected areas (2000) [web access]
[Report produced by the World Commission on Protected Areas of the IUCN]

Interim biogeographic regionalisation for Australia [web access]
[A framework for conservation planning and sustainable resource management within a bioregional context. The National Reserve System for Australia is being developed through the use of IBRA as its planning framework]

National Reserve System Programme [web access]
[The National Reserve System Programme is designed to help build a comprehensive national park and nature reserve system across the entire Australian land mass]

National Reserve System Programme: 2006 evaluation [web access]
[An independent evaluation of the National Reserve System Programme Also available in print format]

National wilderness inventory Australia: procedures, content and useage [web access]
[Handbook for the National Wilderness Inventory]

Parks & Reserves management plans [web access]
[Full text management plans for individual South Australian parks and reserves]

National Parks/Wilderness--Key Organisations

Australian Heritage Council (principal adviser to the Australian Government on heritage matters)
Commonwealth Parks & Reserves
NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Northern Territory Government NRETAS: Parks  
Parks Victoria
Queensland Government Parks and Forests 
South Australia Dept for Environment & Heritage: Parks and Reserves 
Tasmania Parks & Wildlife Service

National Parks/Wilderness--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following searches may be useful starting points:

National parks and reserves Australia
National parks and reserves South Australia
South Australian national parks
South Australian recreation parks
South Australian reserves
Wilderness areas Australia
Wilderness areas South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)  


RANGELAND & ARID REGIONS

Rangeland & Arid Regions--Some Key Documents

Assessing financial and environmental impacts of management options (2006) [web access]
[Through six case studies this report describes a framework for managing  biodiversity in rangelands. Also available in print format]

Australian actions to combat desertification and land degradation (2002) [web access]
[National report to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification]

Australian dryland salinity assessment 2000 (2001) [web access]
[Covers the extent, impacts, processes, monitoring and management options for dryland salinity. Also available in print format]

Australian natural resources atlas [web access]
[The National Land and Water Resources Audit is developing the Australian natural resources atlas. It includes a section on Rangelands]

Biodiversity monitoring in the rangelands (2003) [web access]
[Identifies and evaluates the key threatening processes or pressures affecting the conservation status of biodiversity in the rangelands nationally and bioregionally. Also available in print format]

Dryland salinity in South Australia (1996) [print]
[Report of the South Australian Dryland Salinity Committee]

Extent and impacts of dryland salinity in South Australia (2000) [print]
[Report produced as part of the National Land & Water Resources Audit]

Final report of the Drought Policy Review Task Force (3 volumes, 1990) [print]
[Report to the Commonwealth government]

Fire management: managing for biodiversity in the rangelands (2004) [web access]
[Intended to provide th relevant information on protecting biodiversity in the rangelands]

Great Artesian Basin: historical overview (2006) [print]
[A social and cultural perspective of the GAB]

Great Artesian Basin : resource study (1998) [print]
[Provides an overview of the nature of the Basin; the extraction of water from the basin and the impacts of that extraction; the existing arrangements for ground water management; and, significant issues for groundwater management within the basin]

Great Artesian Basin strategic management plan (2000) [web access]
[The plan is a strategic framework for responsible groundwater & related natural resource management in the Great Artesian Basin. Also available in print format]

Industry guidelines for sustainability (2005) [web access]
[Presents an overview of the best practice management approaches used in the industries which are major land users in the rangelands]

Lake Eyre Basin Agreement [web access]
[The Agreement establishes a cooperative framework for the Queensland, South Australian and Commonwealth Governments to jointly address cross-border issues associated with the management of water and the related natural resources of the Cooper Creek and the Georgina / Diamantina River systems]

Living with salinity (2006) [web access]
[A Senate Committee assessment report on the effectiveness of federal programs in  reducing the extent and economic impact of salinity in Australia. Also available in print format

Management of dryland salinity (2000) [web access]
[Future strategic directions in the context of developing a national policy for natural resource management. Also available in print format]

Managing Australia's rangelands : National Principles and Guidelines for Rangeland Management (1999) [web access]
[The focus of the document is on sustainable management of Australia's rangelands, including Australia's important pastoral industries. Also available in print format]

National Land & Water Resources Audit : strategic plan 2003-2007 [web access]
[Provide nationwide assessments of Australia's land, vegetation and water resources. Also available in print format]

Regional profiles of the Lake Eyre Basin catchments (2007) [web access]
[A study of the people, cultures & communities of the Lake Eyre Basin along with their social, economic & other circumstances]

South Australian rangelands and Aboriginal lands wildlife management manual : a resource handbook (2005) [print]
[Practical guide to wildlife in South Australia's rangelands]

State of the outback report (2005) [web access]
[Prepared for the Outback Areas Community Development Trust to provide a snapshop in time of the social, economic and environmental condition of South Australia's outback areas]

Water management : managing for biodiversity in the rangelands (2007) [print]
[Identifies five issues of national significance that are affecting water and biodiversity in the rangelands]

Weed management : managing for biodiversity in the rangelands: summary report (2006)  [web access]
[Reports on  the threats to the biodiversity of Australian rangelands from weed. Also available in print format]

Rangeland & Arid Regions--Key Organisations

Australian Collaborative Rangeland Information System (ACRIS) 
 [A coordinating mechanism that collates rangeland information from state, Northern Territory and Australian Government agencies and other sources]

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
[This division of CSIRO is concerned with sustainable development of rural and regional Australia]

Managing rangelands
[Provides information about Australian Government policies and activities, developed and implemented by the Department of the Environment and Water Resources, which encourage and support sustainable land management in the rangelands]

National Dryland Salinity Program
[The National Dryland Salinity Program researches, develops and extends practical approaches to effectively manage dryland salinity across Australia. This site includes details of projects & some full-text documents]

Outback Areas Community Development Trust
[Peak body for those areas of South Australia not contained within municipalities or districts administered under the Local Government Act,1999 except for Pitjantjatjara Lands, Maralinga Lands & Aboriginal Reserves]

South Australia Dept for Environment & Heritage : Land Resources
[Has information on dryland salinity]

 Rangeland & Arid Regions--Library Catalogue & Databases

 Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

biodiversity
desertification/land degradation
grazing
range ecology
range management
rangelands Australia
rangelands South Australia
salinity

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Sustainable Development--Some Key Documents

Application of environmental valuation in South Australia (1999) [electronic]
[A report which addresses Environmental Valuation in the context of ecologically sustainable development.  Also available in print format]

Australia, state of the environment reporting [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures, & are grouped together in themes]

Australians and Natural Resource Management 2002 (2002)  [web access]
[A national assessment of the economic and social dimensions of land and water resources and the way they are managed. Also available in print format]

Caring for country: moving towards sustainable resource use and biodiversity conservation in South Australia (2005) [web access]
[A report from the Premier's Round Table on Sustainability]

Environmental policy: Australian practice in the context of theory (2007) [print]
[A discussion of the processes and practices of environmental policy. Grounded in theory, it shows how policy is developed on a practical level within an Australian context]

In search of sustainability (2004) [print]
[Australian leaders from a wide range of fields discuss the key issues to be addressed in order to move towards a more just and sustainable future]

National Land & Water Resources Audit : strategic plan 2003-2007 (2003) [web access]
[Provides nationwide assessments of Australia's land, vegetation and water resources to support sustainable development now and in the future. Also available in print format]

National strategy for ecologically sustainable development (1992) [web access]
[A compendium of ecologically sustainable development recommendations for Australia.  Also available in print format]

Our common future (1990) [print]
[The 'Australian' edition of the landmark 1987 report on sustainable development which was produced by the  World Commission on Environment and Development]

Reports of the Ecologically Sustainable Development Working Groups (1991) [print]
[The reports of various Sustainable Development working groups covering agriculture, energy use, energy production, fisheries, forest use, manufacturing, mining, tourism, & transport]

South Australia's state NRM plan (2006) [web access]
[A five-year plan (with a fifty year vision) which sets out a landscape approach to managing South Australia's natural resources]

State of sustainability reporting in Australia [web access]
[Annual publication which covers sustainability reporting by Australia's largest companies]

Summary report on the implementation of the national strategy for ecologically sustainable development (1993-1995) (1996) [web access]
[Report to the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on the implementation of the National Strategy for Ecologically Sustainable Development. Also available in print format]

Sustainability for survival:  inquiry into a sustainability charter (2007) [web access]
[Report of the House of Representatives Environment and Heritage Committee into the potential development of a national Sustainability Charter for Australia]

Sustainable agriculture : assessing Australia's recent performance (1998) [print]
[Evaluates the major components of sustainability, namely economic, natural resource/ecological & social impacts of agricultural activity in Australia]

Sustainable cities (2005) [web access]
[Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage's enquiry into sustainable cities. Also available in print format]

Towards sustainability : achieving cleaner production in Australia (1998) [web access]
[This report from ANZECC establishes a framework for the increased adoption of cleaner production in Australia]

WSSD - Australian National Assessment report (2002) [web access]
[Provides a broad assessment of Australian progress in implementing sustainable development since the Earth Summit in 1992]

Sustainable Development--Key Organisations

Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry Australia (DAFF)
[Follow the link to resources on Natural Resources]

CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems
[This division of CSIRO is concerned with sustainable development of rural and regional Australia]

Environment Australia : Ecologically Sustainable Development

South Australia Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation 
[The department is a key player in the sustainable use of the State's natural resources]

Sustainable Development--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Economic development Environmental aspects Australia
Environmental policy Australia
Environmental policy South Australia
Sustainable development Australia
Sustainable development South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)


TORRENS CATCHMENT

Torrens catchment--Some Key Data/Document Sources

History of the Torrens catchment [web access]
[From the Adelaide & Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board]

National Land & Water Resources Audit [web access]
[The Audit plays an important role in working with the Australian Government, and all states and territories, to report on the condition of Australia's land, water and biological resources. On this site you can make maps of various land uses and indicators of catchment “health” (e.g. vegetation cover)]

National Water Quality Guidelines [web access]
[These guidelines have been released by the Natural Resource Management Ministerial Council (NRMMC) for protecting ecosystem health. See, in particular, Ch. 3 Aquatic ecosystems]

Bardsley D.K. and Sweeney S. 2008. A regional climate change decision framework for natural resource management. Department of Water Land and BIodiversity Conservation, Adelaide.

Torrens catchment--Key Organisations

Upper Torrens Land Management Project
[The UTLMP assists landowners with pasture improvement, re-vegetation, fencing and farm forestry]

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board
[This Board has the responsibility for maintaining the “natural resources” of Torrens and other catchments while ensuring that stakeholders’ interests (e.g. those of farmers) are taken into account. See, in particular, the State of the Region Report]

Torrens catchment--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. Keyword searching is probably the best search option, but  remember to incorporate keyword searching techniques such as phrase searching, truncation and Boolean operators. Here are some examples:

Torrens and catchment
"Water quality" and Torrens

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list.


URBAN ECOLOGY

Urban Ecology--Some Key Documents

Australia, state of the environment reporting [web access]
[National SoE reports provide information about environmental and heritage conditions, trends and pressures, & are grouped together in themes such as Human Settlements]

Adelaide, nature of a city: the ecology of a dynamic city from 1836 to 2036 (2005)[print]
[An analysis of the biological life that forms the basis of the city of Adelaide]

City life: new perspectives in urban ecology [web access]
[A compilation of research articles, reviews and perspectives on the dynamic nature of Australian urban environments.  Published as volume 31.2 (2006) of the journal Austral Ecology]

Conserving Adelaide's biodiversity [web access]
[A series of publications developed by the South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program to inform & encourage best practice in the management of Adelaide's natural heritage. Also available in print format]

Creating a sustainable Adelaide (2003) [web access]
[A report to the State Government and the Adelaide City Council on  the means of ensuring Adelaide's future as a clean, green, modern city. Also available in print format]

Development plans online [web access]
[The latest development plans for the Adelaide metropolitan area and country South Australia]

Green city: sustainable homes, sustainable suburbs (2005) [print]
[Explains in an Australian context how ecological sustainability can be embodied in the everyday life of homes, communities and cities]

Greenness rating for the suburbs of Metropolitan Adelaide (1993) [print]
[An assessment of the vegetation cover of the suburbs of Metropolitan Adelaide using a geographical information system]

Guidelines for urban stormwater management (2002) [web access]
[These guidelines provide a suite of solutions useful in urban stormwater management in South Australia. Also available in print format]

Planning strategy for metropolitan Adelaide (2006) [web access]
[Provides direction from the State Government on land use and development over the medium term (a period of 10-15 years)

Review of urban stormwater research in Australia (1996) [print]
[In 1993 CSIRO established a multi-divisional program on urban water systems. As part of this research program, this review of Australian research into stormwater pollution was undertaken]

Site planning in Australia (1996) [print]
[Handbook of strategies for energy efficient & ecologically sustainable residential site planning]

Social basis for urban water provision in the 21st century (1999) [print]
[Provides a review of the Australian context within which new ideas for water resources management will be required to fit]

Social equity and the urban environment (1993) [print]
[A report to the Commonwealth Environment Protection Agency]

Strategy for a sustainable Southern Region (1996) [print]
[Details the regional environmental strategy for the council areas south of Adelaide]

Sustainable cities (2005) [web access]
[Report of the Senate Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage's enquiry into sustainable cities. Also available in print format]

Urban air pollution in Australia : an inquiry (1997) [web access]
[An inquiry by the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. Also available in print format]

Urban Stormwater Initiative [web access]
[The USI program is targeted at enhancing water quality in the waterways of major coastal cities by improving stormwater management]

Water Sensitive Urban Design [web access]
[This State government project is investigating how to formalise Water Sensitve Urban Design (WSUD) principles and ensure WSUD leading practice is applied to all forms of urban development in the Greater Adelaide region]

Urban Ecology--Key Organisations

Adelaide City Council
[Contains information on Council policy in relation to the environment]

Biocity: Centre for Urban Habitats
[BioCity is a partnership between the leading ecological and environmental institutions in South Australia including local and state governments, industry and the community. It was established to further promote urban environmental awareness through environmental research, communication and education programmes]

CSIRO Urban Water
[Its aim is to characterise existing water, wastewater and stormwater systems in an innovative way allowing opportunities for the fundamental improvement in their operation to be identified]

Local Government Association of South Australia: Environment
[This web-site brings together key resources and information on environmental policies]

South Australia Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation : Urban Issues
[Key player in the  management of the State's natural resources]

South Australian Urban Forest Biodiversity Program
[The Urban Forest Biodiversity Program (UFBP) has the role of conserving the biodiversity of greater Adelaide]

Urban Ecology Australia
[Urban Ecology Australia is a non-profit organisation promoting people and nature friendly urban settlements]

Urban Ecology--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:  

City planning Environmental Aspects Australia
City planning Environmental Aspects South Australia
Urban ecology Australia
Urban renewal Australia
Urban renewal South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)  


WASTE & POLLUTANTS

Waste & Pollutants--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

Appropriate Technologies for the Treatment of Scheduled Wastes (1997) [web access]
[This report provides an independent source of information on the status of technologies capable of treating scheduled wastes in Australia. Also available in print format]

The Australian Waste Database [web access]
[The Australian Waste Database (AWD) is being developed in response to the need to provide a monitoring mechanism for Commonwealth and State waste minimisation policies]

A cleaner Australia (3 volumes, 1992) [print]
[Final report of the Independent Panel on Intractable Waste]

Development of a national approach: principles and guidance for assessing the beneficial reuse of industrial residue for land management applications (2005) [web access]
[A discussion paper from the Environment Protection and Heritage Council outlining the elements that may be required in developing a national approach for the reuse and recycling of industrial wastes. Also available in print format]

Environment protection (water quality) policy 2003 and explanatory report (2003) [web access]
[The policy of the EPA aimed at protecting South Australia’s waters from pollutants]

Guide to controlled and other wastes under Australia's Hazardous Waste Act (2005)[web access]
[Provides guidance as to which wastes are controlled by the Hazardous Waste Act 1989]

Integrated Waste Strategy for Metropolitan Adelaide 1996 - 2015 (1996) [web access]
[A strategy for waste management in the Adelaide metropolitan area.  Also available in print format]

Landfill audit (2000) [web access]
[Developed as a response to the Integrated Waste Strategy for Metropolitan Adelaide 1996 - 2015 strategy. Also available in print format]

Movement of controlled waste between states and territories (2004) [web access]
[This is a National Environment Protection Measures (NEPM) initiated by the National Environment Protection Council]

National Environmental Health Strategy [web access]
[Provides direction for environmental health management across Australia to improve health outcomes]

National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) [web access]
[Australia's national database of pollutant emissions. It has been designed to provide  information on the types and amounts of certain chemicals being emitted to the environment]

South Australia's waste strategy 2005-2010 (2005) [web access]
[A document released by Zero Waste S.A. as part of the process of developing a waste strategy for South Australia]

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants: Australia's national implementation plan (2006) [web access]
[The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants commits governments to reducing, or where feasible, eliminating the production and environmental releases of persistent organic pollutants. Also available in print format]

Successful wastewater reuse scheme and sustainable development: a case
study in Adelaide
 (2007) [web access]
[This paper - published in volume 21 issue 2 of Water and Environment Journal - looks into the socio-economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability and concludes that properly planned and managed reuse schemes can lead to sustainable development]

Survey of Federal, State and Territory waste management arrangements (2000) [web access]
[Provides brief baseline data on each jurisdiction & comparative analysis of commonality, difference, initiatives & innovations. Also available in print format]

Waste management (2006) [web access]
[Report of the Productivity Commission on the generation and disposal of waste.  Also available in print format]

Waste management services, Australia  (ABS product 8698.0) [web access]
[Presents results from surveys of waste management services organisations]

WasteWise Construction Program: waste reduction guidelines (2000) [web access]
[A program designed to reduce the amount of construction waste going to landfill. Also available in print format]

Waste & Pollutants--Key Organisations

Environment Australia Chemicals Management
Environment Australia Hazardous Waste
Environment Australia Waste & Recycling
South Australia EPA: Waste to Resources
South Australia: Human Settlements: Waste
Waste Management Association of Australia
Zero Waste SA

Waste & Pollutants--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Environmental health Australia
Hazardous wastes Australia
Landfills South Australia
Pollutants Australia
Pollution Australia
Pollution South Australia
Recycling Australia
Refuse and refuse disposal Australia
Waste disposal South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)  


WATER RESOURCES

Water Resources--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

The following sources provide some overviews of the current state of water management in Australia. More specific sources are listed elsewhere in this guide - for example the Murray-Darling Basin and the Wetlands of Australia

Australian water resources 2005 [web access]
[The primary purpose of AWR 2005 is to provide the National Water Commission with a baseline picture of a range of water management and resource issues. Also available in print format]

Australia's water resources: from use to management (revised edition, 2007) [print]
[Explores the circumstances underpinning the profound reorientation of attitudes and relationships to water that has taken place in Australia in recent decades]

Innovative technical solutions for water management in Australia (2006) [web access]
[Proceedings of the Australian Academy of Science's High Flyers Think Tank held at the University of Adelaide in 2006. Also available in print format]

National guidelines for water recycling  : managing health and environmental risks : impact assessment (2005) [web access]
[An assessment of the likely economic impacts of a move to a national approach to water recycling]

National Land & Water Resources Audit [web access]
[The Audit plays an important role in working with the Australian Government, and all states and territories, to report on the condition of Australia's land, water and biological resources]

National water initiative [web access]
[The overall objective of the National Water Initiative is to achieve a nationally compatible market, regulatory and planning based system of managing surface and groundwater resources for rural and urban use. The National Water Initiative is administered by the National Water Commission]

National water initiative water trading study : final report (2006) [web access]
[Outlines a plan for an effective water market and trading]

Rural water use and the environment: the role of market mechanisms (2006) [web access]
[A Productivity Commission report on the feasibility of establishing market mechanisms to encourage investment in efficient rural water use. Also available in print format]

Securing Australia’s urban water supplies: opportunities and impediments (2006) [web access]
[A report on urban water supply and demand covering the impediments to securing water supplies as well as the corresponding opportunities to improve the outcomes for Australia’s major cities]

South Australia's water future (2006) [web access]
[Outlines the achievements in water resources management in South Australia, identifies some potential areas of future water reform, and encourages community participation to conserve and protect the State's water resources]

State water plan (3 volumes, 2000) [print]
[Sets out the South Australian government’s strategic directions for the sustainable use and management of water resources. Also available in CD-ROM format]


WETLANDS

Wetlands--Some Key Documents/Data Sources

Australian Wetlands Database [web access]
[Provides information on Australia's Ramsar sites, wetlands of international importance listed under the Ramsar Convention, and nationally important wetlands]

Australia's national report: Eighth Conference of Contracting Parties to the Convention on Wetlands (2002) [web access]
[A report on Australia's progress towards fulfilling its obligations under the Convention on Wetlands]

Classification and inventory of the world's wetlands (1995) [print]
[Contains a chapter entitled Review of wetland inventory & classification in Australia by R. Pressey]

Directory of important wetlands in Australia (3rd edition, 2001) [web access]
[Identifies important wetlands and a knowledge base of what defines wetlands, their variety and the dependence on them of many flora and fauna species. Also available in print format]

Environmental water requirements to maintain wetlands of national and international importance (2001) [web access]
[A report prepared by Murdoch University for Environment Australia as part of the National River Health Program. Also available in print format]

Managing Wetlands for private and social good (2005) [print]
[Demonstrates how key environmental values might be incorporated into the analysis of the policy trade-offs involved in wetland management]

Manual of wetlands management (1996) [print]
[Produced by the Victorian National Park Service, this manual aims to guide & assist wetland managers throughout Australia with wetland management issues]

Private and social values of wetlands research reports (1998-2001) [web access]
[A series of reports focused on the development of a process to enable the determination of future outcomes for wetlands that are privately owned, and the design of institutional structures that will ensure the those outcomes are achieved. Also available in print format]

Ramsar Convention on Wetlands [web access]
[The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands provides a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and wetland resources around the globe]

Recommended methods for monitoring floodplains and wetlands (2005) [print]
[Details the preferred methods for sampling environmental data used in monitoring floodplains and wetlands]

Register of wetland restoration projects in Australia & New Zealand (1997) [print]
[Compiled for the Specialist Group on Wetland Restoration]

Wetlands policy of the Commonwealth government of Australia (1997) [web access]
[Seeks to ensure that the activities of the Commonwealth government promote the conservation, ecologically sustainable use & where possible the enhancement of wetland functions]

Wetlands strategy for South Australia (2003) [web access]
[The Wetlands Strategy establishes a framework for a more focused and integrated approach to wetlands management for government and non-government partners]

Wetlands--Key Organisations

Australian Dept of Environment & Water Resources: Water Resources

South Australia Dept of Water Land and Biodiversity Conservation : Water Resources

Wetlands--Library Catalogue & Databases

Use the library catalogue to search for books. The following keyword searches may be useful starting points:

Wetland conservation Australia
Wetland conservation South Australia
Wetland ecology Australia
Wetlands Australia
Wetlands South Australia

Use databases to find journal articles. Choose an appropriate database from the Geography/Environmental Studies databases list (see especially the databases for Australian topics)  

Last update: 2 September 2008     Maintained by Helen Attar