It is also very important that the NAIF also takes into account our responsibilities to various international agreements such as the Paris Agreement. This would seem consistent with the paragraph in the White Paper – “The north will be an exemplar of sustainable development. The development of major population centres of more than a million people will underwrite substantial exports of planning, design, architecture and construction to the Tropics”.
It is evident therefore that all decisions made by the NAIF should include a transparent evaluation of the health and environmental impacts of all policies and projects.
To date, much of the available evidence of how NAIF will operate relates to the Adani Carmichael coal mine. Subsequent sections of this submission will draw attention to the available public evidence on this topic using our health and environmental expertise.
Our credentials to make informed comment on the Adani proposal are evidenced by several Parliamentary submissions.