The Australian Government has committed to new national and global targets for Australia to:
- reverse biodiversity loss and be ‘nature positive’ by 2030
- protect 30% of Australia’s land and seas by 2030.
At the national meeting of environment ministers on 21 October 2022, New South Wales and all other jurisdictions agreed to work collectively to support these new national commitments.
The NSW Nature Positive Advisory Panel (the panel) will advise the NSW Government on how New South Wales can contribute to new national biodiversity commitments in a manner that:
- is equitable, science-based and cost effective
- optimises environmental, social, and economic benefits for New South Wales.
The panel will be chaired by Mr John Pierce AO. Mr Pierce was named an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to public administration; he is a former Secretary of the NSW Treasury and Secretary of the Australian Government Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism and served as Chairman of the Australian Energy Market Commission from 2010 to 2020 and is a member of the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust.
Terms of Reference
The Terms of Reference outline the requirements and scope of the panel’s work.