In 2019, three significant reports on the health of our environment, prepared by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, were publicly released - the State of the Environment 2018 Report, the State of the Yarra and its Parklands 2018 Report, and the State of the Forests 2018 Report.
State of the Forests reports are produced every five years to evaluate and report on the condition of Victoria’s forests. The 2018 Report has a stronger scientific evidence base, and continues to align Victoria with international environmental reporting frameworks.
The Report provides an indication of the health of Victoria’s forests, based on the analysis of the seven criteria and 45 indicators of the Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management, covering both biophysical and socio-economic factors.
The 2018 report indicators are based on the Montreal Process, a voluntary agreement between 12 nations for the conservation and sustainable management of temperate and boreal forests.
The Victorian State of the Forests report is a requirement under the Sustainable Forests (Timber) Act 2004.