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The Model for Landscape Conservation Adopted
Following the release of the Blueprint for a Living Continent by Wentworth
Group of Concerned Scientists in November 2002, Premier Bob Carr commissioned
the group to provide scientific advice about the long-standing issue of
land clearing in NSW.
The Wentworth Group's report A New Model for Landscape Conservation in
NSW proposed a new way forward that:
- protects all remnant vegetation, and regrowth where this is required
to maintain catchment function
- provides resource security and management flexibility for landholders,
along with clear principles to guide financial assistance
- simplifies state government regulatory arrangements and clarifies
the roles of catchment management agencies.
The report was released for public comment in February 2003 and received
in-principle support from both conservation groups and the NSW
Farmers' Association. It has subsequently been adopted as the basis
of the NSW government's policy for native vegetation management reform.
CSIRO Land and Water's Dr
John Williams and Professor
Mike Young are members of the Wentworth Group.
Copies of both Wentworth Group reports are available at: www.clw.csiro.au/new/