Australian Bureau of Statistics
1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2008
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/02/2008
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AUSTRALIA'S ENVIRONMENT INTERESTS
Marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction
Australia is a recognised world leader in marine conservation and management, and is concerned about the impact of a range of fishing activities on vulnerable high seas ecosystems. In 2006, Australia successfully led major efforts in the UN General Assembly to achieve international agreement on the regulation of bottom fisheries so as to prevent significant adverse impacts on vulnerable marine ecosystems, including seamounts, hydrothermal vents and cold water corals, in areas beyond national jurisdiction. Australia, in cooperation with other countries, has commenced work to implement the agreed measures and is actively engaged in further international work to enhance the protection of the world’s marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction.
Tsunami warning mechanisms
The Indian Ocean tsunami of 26 December 2004 had a devastating impact on a number of Australia’s neighbouring countries. Following the tsunami, Australia has played a leading role in establishing an Indian Ocean tsunami warning system and is continuing to develop a comprehensive national warning system. As part of the Indian Ocean system, Australia’s increased monitoring capacity off the west and north coast will provide vital regional coverage and early warning. Australia is also assisting to strengthen the Pacific Tsunami Warning System (see the article Tsunami risk to Australia in the Water, land and air chapter).
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