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Science Informing Policy Symposium Series

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Australia's Marine Environment: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities

12-13 June 2013 | Melbourne


The True Blue: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities for Australia's Marine Environment symposium was the fourth in the ACIUCN Science Informing Policy Symposium Series.

Scientific findings across the world’s oceans signal serious environmental problems and create a powerful imperative for all marine nations to act to safeguard the productivity and health of marine ecosystems. Australia, with its vast and biologically rich marine territory, has a special responsibility to act decisively for conservation over the long term. Healthy, productive seas and thriving marine life are in the long-term interests of all current and future Australians conveying ecological, social and cultural and economic benefits. Conservation policy, involving management measures to ensure the maintenance of these values and the ecologically sustainable use of marine resources, is therefore a vital national priority.

As a nation we have made considerable progress in recent years but the task is certainly not finished, with many threats to marine health remaining, new threats on the horizon and an incomplete system of protection measures.


Guiding policy advice:

Two guiding policy documents were produced from this symposium - the key directions statement: Conserving Australia's Marine Environment and a summary of chapters produced by the symposium experts: Australia's Marine Environment: Progress, Challenges and Opportunities.

The key directions statement was developed in consultation with 100 multi-disciplinary marine experts from universities, research institutions, government agencies and non-government organisations before during and after the symposium. The Statement provides a succinct overview of the key steps these marine experts believe are required to address current and emerging challenges. It aims to:

  • communicate marine conservation as a vital national priority,
  • aid and influence constructive and more integrated Australian marine policy,
  • improve the implementation of governance, planning, protection and management for conservation of Australia’s diverse marine environment,
  • urge science-based decision making, and
  • ensure continued progress within the context of international and Australian environmental protection and ecological sustainability policies.

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Symposium partners:

The symposium was made possible through the collaboration with partner The Nature Conservancy and supported by IUCN Members, Parks Victoria and the Australian Conservation Foundation.

The Science Informing Policy Symposium Series

Find out more about ACIUCN's flagship event series the Science Informing Policy Symposium Series. Bringing together leading Australian and international environmental experts from across governments, NGOs and academia to advise on best practice environmental policy and decision making.

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