Environment Australia, August 2002
Unique circumstances guide Australia's approach to sustainable development.
As an island nation covering an entire continent and bordered by three oceans, Australia has responsibility for a considerable area of the marine environment.
A relatively small but highly urbanised population concentrated in the coastal strip has a significant impact on those oceans. We have a range of climates and a correspondingly vast range of ecosystems and are one of the earth's mega-biodiverse countries. In our federal system political responsibility for environmental matters is shared between the national government and eight state and territory governments.
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