Presentation on theme: "Positioning Northern Australia as a global leader in climate change mitigation & adaptation Stuart Blanch Director Environment Centre NT."— Presentation transcript:
Positioning Northern Australia as a global leader in climate change mitigation & adaptation Stuart Blanch Director Environment Centre NT
Kimberley Across the c.250 M ha of Northern Australia, protect and sustainably manage the world’s largest intact area of tropical savannas, seas & rivers through 1.Effectively managed, connected Protected Areas conserving half the savannas (60Mha) 2.Large network of marine sanctuaries across the Arafura & Timor Seas, Gulf of Carpentaria 3. Maintaining hydrological connectivity along 1 million km of undammed rivers & creeks 4. Slowing & reversing the mammal extinction crisis 5. Storing tens of gigatons of carbon by managing fire, grazing, ferals, clearing 6. Enhancing landscape connectivity & climate resilience along 4,000km long corridor 7. Create Indigenous futures eg, Caring for Country, tourism, fee-for-service contracts 8. Supporting sustainable grazing through stewardship payments, stronger laws 9. Providing resource security for sustainability-focussed companies eg, mines, LNG 10. Reducing land-based pollution of coral reefs & fisheries in Arafura & Timor Seas 11. Building a globally significant initiative as per Canadian Boreal, Yellowstone to Yukon. 4000 km Top End Cape York Gulf Country Timor Sea Arafura Sea Gulf of Carpentaria Kimberley to Cape Conservation Indigenous Futures Climate Change Sustainable Industry Broome Darwin Cairns
NorNed – precedent for an Australia-Asia grid link? Connects Norwegian and Dutch electricity grids World’s longest HVDC subsea cable at 580km Maximum depth 410 metres 700 MW and +/- 450 kV 14 years from idea to trading (1994-2008). Cost 600M euros Using the bipolar cable, Norway sells renewable energy from hydropower to the Netherlands, which burns gas & coal, and vice versa, depending on the time of day…risks.