Partnership agreement with AusAID

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring coherence between its foreign, aid, agricultural and trade policies. In order to achieve this goal, policy and program development in these areas needs to take into account both Australia's national interests and the interests of developing countries. To this end, a Partnership Agreement was signed on 5 July 2007 between AusAID and the then Department of Environment and Water Resources.

The Partnership Agreement is designed to strengthen cooperation between the Department of the Environment (the Department) and AusAID in developing a whole-of-government approach to development cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region. This partnership recognises the responsibility of the Department to protect the environment, water resources and heritage, and AusAID's mandate to assist developing countries to reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development. The Partnership Agreement identifies shared strategic priorities and establishes coordination arrangements.

This Partnership has helped facilitate the AusAID Australia-China Environmental Development Program (ACEDP). The Department has joined AusAID in becoming a Core Program Partner for the ACEDP.

The ACEDP is a five-year Australian Government initiative with the objective of supporting and improving policy development in China in the area of environmental protection and natural resources management. Initially the focus will be on water resources and river basin management. The ACEDP will facilitate engagement between Australian and Chinese Government agencies, institutions and individuals engaged in national environmental policy development and implementation, through high level policy dialogue, capacity building and collaboration on discreet activities.