Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments
Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.
Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.
WSSD 2002 fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002
Australia's vast Exclusive Economic Zone is nearly twice the landmass of Australia. Covering 11 million square kilometres of ocean, and up to 15 million square kilometres when the claimable continental shelf is included, it is one of the most diverse Exclusive Economic Zones in the world, both in terms of its geographic spread and in its physical and biological diversity.
Our marine areas are still in relatively good condition but are under increasing pressure both from a range of marine industries and from the cumulative impacts of activities in our coastal catchments.
To sustainably manage the country's rich marine biodiversity, the Australian Government is, among other things, driving the development of a national system of marine parks and other protected areas. Establishing the system is an important aim of Australia's Oceans Policy. The National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas complements the National Reserve System for land.