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STANDING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER, ENVIRONMENT AND THE ARTS
26/08/2009
Climate change and environmental impacts on coastal communities
STANDING COMMITTEE ON CLIMATE CHANGE, WATER, ENVIRONMENT AND THE ARTS
House of Representatives committee
Wednesday, 26 August 2009
Climate change and environmental impacts on coastal communities
Final

CHAIR (Ms George) —I declare open this public hearing of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Climate Change, Water, Environment and the Arts. The committee is inquiring into climate change and environmental impacts on coastal communities. The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and the Arts and the Minister for Climate Change and Water have asked this committee to examine the environmental impacts of coastal population growth as well as the impact of climate change on coastal areas and strategies to deal with climate adaptation, particularly in response to the projected sea level rise. The committee has also been looking at existing policies and programs related to coastal zone management, mechanisms to promote sustainable coastal communities and governance arrangements for the coastal zone.

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