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Environmental impact management praised Tuesday 15 August 2006

Successfully managing the environmental impacts of $20 billion worth of industries saw staff at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) become the first team to scoop a prestigious accolade.

The Environmental Impact Management major projects team is the first team in Australia and New Zealand to be recognised as Certified Environmental Practitioners by the Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand.

GBRMPA Environmental Impact Management Manager Dr Adam Smith said the certification recognised major environmental impact management projects and permits were managed to the highest possible standard.

“The Environmental Impact Management team have performed really well to become the first team in Australia and New Zealand to be certified through the programme,” he said.

“It goes a long way to recognising staff’s expertise and ethical conduct in managing environmental impacts associated with ports, tourism, defence, scientific research and harvest fisheries.”

Among the projects and permits the team worked on during last year were a Strategic Environmental Assessment of Defence activities (Shoalwater Bay), north Queensland water pipeline (Townsville), Arlington Reef Pontoon (Cairns) and Artificial Reefs Policy and Guidelines.

Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand President Bill Haylock said the relatively new programme was aimed at boosting business and community confidence in environmental professionals.

“Certified practitioners must meet high standards of professional and ethical conduct, and it is anticipated the scheme will drive environmental practice to new levels,” he said.

“The Certified Environmental Practitioner programme provides an opportunity for environmental professionals to be given due recognition in line with their professional counterparts from engineering, accounting, planning and architecture.”

He said the programme raised the professional benchmark of environmental practices to a new high, with Certified Environmental Practitioners recognised as those who meet the highest standards of practice and ethics.

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