A HEALTHY AND RESILIENT ENVIRONMENT THAT BENEFITS EVERYONE
Australia faces unprecedented environmental challenges. Australia’s key environmental indicators continue to decline. Some of the persistent problems include a decline in biodiversity, degradation of productive rural land, intensification of development along coastlines and in sprawling cities, and the emerging impacts of climate change. These problems are in addition to the past damage that needs to be repaired.
Given the need to address systematically, effectively and creatively Australia’s ecological challenges, it is time to consider the need for more effective environmental laws. APEEL has developed a blueprint for the next generation of Australian environmental laws with the aim of ensuring a healthy, functioning and resilient environment for generations to come. APEEL's Blueprint is the culmination of several years' work and builds on the Panel's earlier Technical Paper series.
BLUEPRINT FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
APEEL's Technical Paper Series and accompanying Overview Paper and Summary of Recommendations were released earlier in 2017 and are available below. These documents underpin APEEL's final Blueprint for the Next Generation of Australian Environmental Law.
1. The foundations of environmental law
2. Environmental governance
3. Terrestrial natural resources management
4. Marine and coastal issues
5. Climate law
6. Energy regulation
7. The private sector, business law and environmental performance
8. Democracy and the environment
Vale Murray Wilcox
The members of APEEL express their deep sorrow at the recent death of one of our members, Hon Murray Wilcox AO QC. Murray was a significant contributor to APEEL’s work, particularly in urging the establishment of new institutions through which Federal leadership on the environment could be accomplished. He brought inspiration, passion and vision to our work and will be greatly missed. We extend our condolences to his family.