Planning for Integrated Natural Resources Management in WA

(1996) 26 Western Australian Law Review 427

UWA Faculty of Law Research Paper

34 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2014

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Alex W. Gardner

The University of Western Australia Law School

Date Written: 1996

Abstract

It is nearly 10 years since the World Commission on Environment and Development popularised the concept of ‘sustainable development’ and called for the integration of economic and ecological considerations in decision making. In June 1996, the report 'Australia: State of the Environment' concluded that, although environmental awareness has increased dramatically in the past decade:

We do not yet have an integrated, system-based approach to the management of natural resources. Until we do, environmental management will be characterised by ad hoc responses to urgent, emerging problems. Overall, economic planning appears to take little account of environmental impacts. It is assumed that the first priority should be a healthy economy, and that problems can always be solved using the wealth created. The economy is a subset of human society which, in turn, is part of the environment. Progress towards sustainability requires recognition of this fundamental truth, and a willingness to build environmental thinking into our economic planning.

Suggested Citation

Gardner, Alex W., Planning for Integrated Natural Resources Management in WA (1996). (1996) 26 Western Australian Law Review 427 , UWA Faculty of Law Research Paper , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523797

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