The challenges presented by Climate Change have reinvigorated discussion about sustainability and, in particular, the use of natural resources.

The activities of humans are being shown to have a direct impact on the environment, and scenarios of potentially catastrophic change have galvanised many into immediate action. Parks Forum has developed a Sustainability Charter in recognition of the need to minimise the negative impact of our activities on the environment. 

The Charter compliments the extensive work that is already being done on sustainability by park management agencies across Australia and New Zealand. The document articulates ways in which park agencies can align and integrate their programs, across all areas of their organisation, to incorporate environmental, social, cultural and economic sustainability principles. These principles are grouped under the headings of intergenerational equity, sustainability practices and organisational leadership and guide the park industry’s future direction and adoption of sustainability practices. They incorporate the important maxims of precautionary approach, intergenerational equity and biodiversity conservation.

Actions or statements of intent are the other major component of the Sustainability Charter. Seventeen actions are identified for implementation to promote change to better protect and conserve the environment and our cultural systems.  

Parks Forum encourages the park industry to join with us in adopting the Sustainability Charter.We recognise that implementing change at the organisational level will guide the parks industry towards a more sustainable future. We will continue to raise the issues relating to climate change and sustainability through a number of different mechanisms to compliment the message of the Sustainability Charter. Other programs and projects that address this issue include the Industry Agenda, the Great Parks Network Benchmarking Survey and the biennial conference.

To view or download a copy of the Sustainability Charter, click on the link below:

Printed hard copies of the Charter are also available. For more information, contact us.
Cape Arnhem, image courtesy of Dhimurru Aboriginal Corporation