In developing integrated natural resource management strategies we consider and apply the following principles.
ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONSIDERATIONS
Adoption of sound & cost-effective environmental practices & procedures, in proportion to the significance of the environmental problems being addressed, & the need to improve community well-being as a basis for ESD.
VALUATION, PRICING AND INCENTIVE MECHANISMS
Environmental factors should be included in the valuation of assets and services. Established environmental goals should be pursued in the most cost effective way by establishing incentive structures, including market mechanisms, which enable persons best placed to maximize benefits or minimise costs to develop solutions and responses to environmental problems.
RISK MANAGEMENT - THE ‘PRECAUTIONARY PRINCIPLE’
Decisions made where there may be threats of serious environmental damage should be guided by careful evaluation to avoid serious damage to the environment where possible & as assessment of the risk-weighted consequences of various options
SHARED RESPONSIBILITY INITIATIVES
Protection of the natural environment is a responsibility shared at all levels of Government and industry, business, communities and individuals.
For the purpose of protecting the environment and its economic and social uses; and influencing the attitude and behavior of persons whose actions have an adverse environmental impact.
INTEGRATED ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT
The best environmental outcomes are sought where the environmental management of one segment of the environment has the potential to impact on another.
CONSERVATION AND DIVERSITY
The conservation of biological diversity and ecological integrity should be a fundamental consideration in decision making.
STRATEGIC WASTE MANAGEMENT
- Recovery of energy
RESOURCE PRODUCT STEWARDSHIP
Producers and users of goods and services have a shared responsibility with governments to manage the environmental impacts throughout the life cycle of the goods & services.
When communities have access to reliable and relevant information to facilitate a good understanding of environmental issues, then community’s environmental aspirations will drive NRM improvement.
The present generation should ensure that the health, diversity & productivity of the environment is maintained or enhanced for the benefit of future generations.