Release of the 2018 Interim State of the Environment Report

Media release
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The Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Dr Gillian Sparkes has released the Interim Victorian State of the Environment Report 2018. It provides a progress report on preparations for the Victorian State of the Environment Report 2018 to be tabled in the Victorian Parliament in early 2019. "The Interim SoE 2018 report is an important part of the process of preparing the comprehensive Victorian State of the Environment report this year and I am confident will result in a higher quality SoE report," says Dr Sparkes.

"As we enter year five of five of this State of the Environment reporting cycle, I can see that there has been a great deal of progress made to improve environmental policy and practice in Victoria. This Interim SoE Report is another positive step forward," says Dr Sparkes.

The Interim Victorian State of the Environment Report 2018 provides a glimpse into the content of the Victorian State of the Environment Report 2018 to be released early in 2019. It is intended as a 'progress report' that foreshadows the structure of the final SoE 2018 report, discusses management issues, policy responses by Government and the data and information challenges for the SoE 2018, identified at the time of publication. The interim report does not include a synthesis of findings or recommendations but does refer to the indicators that will be reported against in the 2018 Victorian State of the Environment, State of the Yarra & its Parklands and State of the Forests reports.

The Victorian State of the Environment Report (SoE) 2018 (and Interim SoE) covers twelve content sections from air quality through to energy. The areas covered are: air quality, climate, biodiversity, land health, forests, fire, water resources, water quality, coastal and marine environment, waste and resource recovery, energy and transport.

The SoE 2018 (and Interim SoE) follows a matrix structure with the emphasis in each of the twelve sections the biophysical science but a number of crosscutting pressures, socio-economic and cultural issues discussed throughout, including:

  • Ecologically sustainable development
  • Pressures (population, climate change, biodiversity loss)
  • Traditional Owner engagement and contribution
  • Alignment with international frameworks including the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and UN System of Environmental Economic Accounts (SEEA)

The report is available for download here

To contact the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, email info.ces@ces.vic.gov.au or call 03 9948 2829.

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