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In Queensland, groundwater dependent ecosystems (GDEs) are defined as ecosystems which require access to groundwater on a permanent or intermittent basis to meet all or some of their water requirements so as to maintain their communities of plants and animals, ecological processes and ecosystem services.
The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (EHP) is responsible for coordinating environmental impact statement (EIS) processes under Chapter 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Environmental impact assessment is used to integrate environmental management with the approvals process for proposals. The Groundwater dependent ecosystems guideline has now been included with other EIS resources.