Forests: Week 12 of our 13 Themes in 13 Weeks series
As part of our special series exploring 13 themes over 13 weeks from the Victorian State of the Environment 2018 Report, this week we highlight our chapter on Forests and review the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability’s Recommendations. The report assesses the health of Victoria’s 3.2 million hectares of State forests and 3.7 million hectares of forested parks and reserves and has identified knowledge gaps in information about Victoria’s forests. Recommendations include improved statewide forest monitoring; the development of the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) spatial information capability and database to ensure it is regularly and routinely updated; and improved assessment of protected areas including the impact of forest fragmentation on biodiversity in native forests.
For a summary assessment of the Forests chapter, take a look at the Indicator Summary Assessment SoE2018IndicatorReportCard_F.pdf
To deep dive into the science, check out the Forests chapter SoE2018ScientificAssessment_F.pdf
Don't forget to read the Commissioner's recommendations SoE2018Recommendations_F.pdf
For an in depth scientific assessment of the Montreal Process, have a read of the State of the Forests 2018 Report