Dbytes #172 (3 November 2014)

 Info & news for members and associates of the Environmental Decision Group

“Water is wealth and stored water is a bank. If we are to be honest what are the biggest impediments to us returning to the vision and purpose that built the Snowy Mountains Scheme? The answer is our self-imposed caveats not least of which are the sacred invertebrates, amphibians and molluscs. Chaffey Dam was almost stopped by the Booroolong frog, Nathan Dam was stopped by the Boggomoss snail…”
Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, in his opening address to the National Farmers Federation http://www.maff.gov.au/Pages/Transcripts/opening-address-nff-national-congress-14.aspx

General News

1. Biodiversity decline and habitat degradation in the arid and semi-arid Australian rangelands due to the proliferation, placement and management of artificial watering points

2. Senate report on Australia’s future activities and responsibilities in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters

3. Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs

5. Successful Implementation of Policy Initiatives

EDG News

Brisbane: CEED is supporting a workshop on biodiversity and production in agricultural landscapes

Melbourne: Emily Nicholson is moving to Deakin University

Canberra and Perth News: UWA and ANU run joint workshop on payments to farmers for biodiversity

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1. Biodiversity decline and habitat degradation in the arid and semi-arid Australian rangelands due to the proliferation, placement and management of artificial watering points

Advice to the Minister for the Environment from the Threatened Species Scientific Committee (the Committee) on Amendments to the List of Key Threatening Processes under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Minister decided not to include this nomination in the list of key threatening processes on 20 October 2014. http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/threatened/nominations/ineligible-ktp/artificial-watering-points

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2. Senate report on Australia’s future activities and responsibilities in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters A Senate committee issued the report from its inquiry into Australia’s future activities and responsibilities in the Southern Ocean and Antarctic waters. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Foreign_Affairs_Defence_and_Trade/Southern_Ocean_and_Antarctic_waters/Report

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3. Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs [A message from Martine Maron] Hello everyone, As you are probably aware, there is currently a Senate Inquiry into “Certain Aspects of Queensland Government Administration related to Commonwealth Government Affairs”. Interestingly, it includes the following in its Terms of Reference: (d) the extent to which Queensland State Government policies and practices are consistent with Australia’s obligations under international environmental law instruments;
(e) whether it is appropriate for the Federal Minister for the Environment to delegate his approval powers to the Queensland State Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 by way of approval bilateral agreements or strategic assessments; You might be interested to make a submission on these particular Certain Aspects… submissions close November 17th. http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Certain_Aspects_of_Queensland_Government_Administration/Certain_Aspects_Qld_Admin with Terms of Reference here http://www.aph.gov.au/Parliamentary_Business/Committees/Senate/Certain_Aspects_of_Queensland_Government_Administration/Certain_Aspects_Qld_Admin/Terms_of_Reference -~<>~-

5. Successful Implementation of Policy Initiatives

All Governments expect their policies to be implemented on time, on budget and to expectations. For that to occur, implementation considerations must be a fundamental part of all stages of policy development. This Better Practice Guide was first released in 2006. It has now been reviewed and updated, in collaboration with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, to incorporate key developments since that time. There are always lessons to be learnt from the implementation of most policies, not least the importance of good planning. This guide offers advice to public sector senior leaders on the successful implementation of policies so that unintended consequences, which deny the community the full benefits of a new policy or waste public resources, can be avoided. The messages contained in the guide apply not only to new initiatives but also to adjustments or changes to existing measures or areas of regulation. The advice is equally relevant to senior leaders advising on policy proposals and those responsible for implementing policy initiatives. All have to collaborate to ensure success. http://www.anao.gov.au/Publications/Better-Practice-Guides/2014-2015/Successful-Implementation-of-Policy-Initiatives

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EDG News

Brisbane: CEED is supporting a workshop on biodiversity and production in agricultural landscapes

A participatory workshop is being run in Brisbane this week that will bring together scientists from around the world and Australian policy makers to identify strategies for managing biodiversity in agricultural landscapes. The workshop will benefit from perspectives from a wide range of OECD countries, and aims to inform policy-relevant strategies that are general to many contexts. The workshop is being supported by CEED, CSIRO and the OECD. More info: anna.renwick@csiro.au

Melbourne: Emily Nicholson is moving to Deakin University Emily will be starting a new position as Senior Lecturer in Quantitative Ecology in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at Deakin University, Burwood campus, in February 2015. She’s keen to get some PhD and honours students based there starting in the new year, and have a top-up on offer for a suitable PhD student – please contact her if you are interested in any of her current projects (see http://emilynicholson.wordpress.com/), or other related areas of quantitative ecology and conservation science. More info: emily.nicholson@unimelb.edu.au

Canberra and Perth News: UWA and ANU run joint workshop on payments to farmers for biodiversity Dean Ansell (ANU), Fiona Gibson (UWA) and David Salt (ANU) are facilitating a workshop this week at the Mt Stromlo Observatory on agri-environment schemes in Australia and how agri-environmental policy might be made more effective. Economists will be mixing it with ecologists, policy makers, NRM workers and social scientists, each sharing key lessons from their perspective. The hope is that the workshop will lead to an ebook that will be produced and available early in the new year. More info: David.Salt@anu.edu.au

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