Science, Policy & 'People' - SoE Engagement

The State of the Environment Report 2013 and Foundation Papers draw upon different forms of knowledge in an integrated way including an extensive program of community engagement.

The reporting products will remain grounded in established and rigorous science but with the understanding that scientific knowledge alone is insufficient to bring about societal and behavioural changes for sustainability.

To achieve the optimum blend of knowledge, and consider the widest possible range of information, the data provided by the natural sciences will be incorporated with the analysis of the social sciences to better explain trends in environmental conditions and our management of our resources - refer to our SoE Report Framework - Science, Policy and People: State of the Environment Reporting 2013.

Many Publics. Participation, Inventiveness & Change

Community engagement is a key strategy in the development of the State of the Environment reporting products. The Commissioner has ensured that this happens through state wide regional tours and policy intensive workshops with a diverse group of people.

Throughout 2011 the Commissioner undertook extensive regional tours across Victoria to understand the needs of local communities as well as sustainability activities that are happening on the ground. 


In 2012 we thought we would revisit some of the areas to see how things are going twelve months down the track.

The team revisted the Wimmera district to discuss progress with the no-till farmers.  We then went to the Murray to see the changes that flooding has brought to the Barmah Forest with Aunty Rochelle Patten, Yorta Yorta elder.  Further travels took us to see how Landcare projects are making their impact - this time in South Gippsland.   Finally it was back to Middle Kinglake Primary School to hear from the group of students in their sustainability team. 

People at the grass roots - talked to us AGAIN. Thanks to all of them! Please take the time to view the footage and let us have you comments. 

Rather than publish these conversations in a report we thought we would share them and enjoy the passion and committment that is shown. 

See Many Publics - Rivisited on our YouTube channel.

 Regional tour findings have been collated into the report titled 'Many Publics. Participation, Inventiveness & Change'.

Photo from cover of the MPPIC Report

Download the full report

Many Publics. Participation, Inventiveness and Change - full report, low resolution [PDF File - 10.0 MB] 

A high resolution version of the report is available, please contact the Office for more information.

Download report by chapter

Introduction: Partication low resolution [PDF File - 1.0 MB] 

Chapter 1: Inquisitive and spontaneous young people inventing the world low resolution [PDF File - 1.6 MB] 

Chapter 2: The Wimmera: a river a region low resolution [PDF File - 2.2 MB] 

Chapter 3: Many Gippslands: change across the region: Orbost to Korumburra low resolution [PDF File - 1.7 MB] 

Chapter 4: Corryong to Kinglake: climate change drought and fire low resolution [PDF File - 1.2 MB] 

Chapter 5: Convincing Ground to Moriac low resolution, [PDF File - 1.8 MB] 

Chapter 6: The View from Mount Wycheproof low resolution [PDF File - 2.6 MB] 

Conclusion MPPIC Report low resolution [PDF File - 550.6 KB] 

Appendixes MPPIC Report low resolution [PDF File - 583.2 KB] 

Endnotes MPPIC Report low resolution [PDF File - 2.0 MB] 


Intensives: expert reference groups

Policy Intensive sessions are also part of the community engagement program.

Intensives have been held to engage, and join experts and representatives from community, academia, non-government organisations and business organisations in the development of SoE Foundation Papers.

Intensive - Indicator selection workshop summary report [PDF File - 365.0 KB]

Intensive - 'Sustainability Re-Imagined' workshop summary [PDF File - 913.8 KB]