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.

Victoria’s forests are precious natural assets, with many social, economic and environmental benefits. These include conservation of threatened native species, natural carbon sequestration, and unique cultural and social experiences.

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.

State of the Forests 2018 Report explained
Publication • 19 MARCH 2019
State of the Forests 2018 Report

Related publications
Publication • 19 MARCH 2018
State of the Environment 2018 Report

Publication • 19 MARCH 2018
State of the Yarra and Its Parklands 2018 Report