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EHA : Annual Review and Yearbook 2008
Branch Presidents' Reports Environmental management Special Interest Group Environmental management is an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to sustainability, being to manage and protect our natural, built and social environments. Environmental management is one of many key responsibilities of Environmental Health Practitioners. The Environmental Management Special Interest Group (EM-SIG) aims to develop written policy positions in respect of environmental management using experience, knowledge and skills of its members. (www.eh.org.au/sigs/environman.php). Where EHA Members have a special interest or can access industry and professional information for the group, then they are encouraged to join this SIG and to participate. The SIG provides a forum and connection to its members to share information relevant to its purpose and objectives. This SIG also incorporates catchment management issues. When the SIG Convenor receives relevant e-mails or relevant information it is posted on the web based forum. The Convenor will ensure that the group is aware of the SIG Member’s proposal and seek comment so that the SIG continues to be relevant to its Members. Purpose The purpose of the SIG is to: 1. Promote knowledge, activities and projects related to environmental management in the field of environmental health; 2. Pass on relevant environmental management information to SIG members; 3. Develop policy or a position for EHA on related issues; and 4. Comment, in a timely manner on relevant environmental management policy and legislation. The SIG convenor will recommend to the EHA Legislation Review Committee of the position that the EHA could adopt in relation to environmental management issues. Western Australia/Northern Territory Branch (continued) Objectives The objectives of the SIG are to: 1. Encourage SIG Members to attend relevant courses, seminars and special events; 2. Promote and improve liaison between environment agencies and SIG Members; 3. Promote the role of SIG Members in environmental issues at all levels in the community, including all levels of government; and 4. Distribute information on environmental management to SIG Members in a timely manner. Joseph Zappavigna coordinates the WA/NT SIG. The SIG has steadily increased its membership with the addition of student and associate members and in 2007 had 53 members. SIG members aim to communicate regularly by e-mail. Joseph Zappavigna mAIEH Environmental Management SIG Convener 48 EHA ANNUAL REPORT 2008