Environment Minister to visit India

Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke will attend the eleventh Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad, India this week.

The conference is an opportunity for Australia to highlight a wide range of government initiatives and environmental reforms and to hear and learn from the experiences of our international colleagues.

“We are in position to make a significant contribution to this conference,’’ he said.

“Australia is one of the most biodiverse country on Earth, and we take our responsibility to protect our unique environment very seriously,”

“Key initiatives that I will be discussing include the introduction of wildlife corridors to increase connectivity across our landscape, Working on Country programs to utilise the knowledge of our indigenous rangers, and the establishment of the world’s largest network of marine reserves.”

At a plenary session on the first day of the conference, Mr Burke will make a statement on behalf of the Australian Government.

“I will speak about some of our key environmental priorities, outline the policy reform work that’s underway and reaffirm our country’s commitment to the convention,” Mr Burke said.

The conference will see countries facilitate sessions on coastal and marine biodiversity, biodiversity for livelihoods and poverty reduction, and discussions on how to implement the Strategic Plan on Biodiversity 2011 – 2020.