Jeremy Russell-Smith, The Path to Sustainable Development in North Australia, The Solutions Journal, Volume 7, Issue 2, March 2016, Pages 10-15 (https://www.thesolutionsjournal.com/article/path-sustainable-development-north-australia/) Abstract: Much has changed over the past half century across the socio-cultural, ecologic-economic, and political landscapes of the northern quarter of Australia. At the start of the millennium, the vast, relatively unspoiled tropical savannas (covering a land area equivalent to Mexico) comprised one of the least densely populated, habitable regions of Planet Earth—with a population of only three percent of Australia’s 20 million or so people. Although the population has more than tripled recently, regional ecosystems are now in substantially better condition and many of the underlying socio-economic fundamentals are being addressed. Formerly administered under three separate, often competing political jurisdictions, declaration of the North Australia autonomous region was celebrated in 2050.   To appreciate the drivers and changes that have taken place, it is useful to return to the start of the 21st century and consider the regional socio-cultural, ecological, and economic … Topics: Community; Conservation; Economy; Energy; Environment; Indigenous communities