Regular reporting on status and trends in native vegetation is critical to ensure appropriate management of vegetation. The most prominent of these is the State of the Environment report (SoE 2006).
National monitoring and evaluation indicators on native vegetation condition in Australia — A synthesis of outcomes from pilot projects
Produced by the Executive Steering Committee on Australia's Vegetation (ESCAVI), this report summarises a series of pilot projects to test the applicability of ESCAVI's interim approach to native vegetation condition assessment. These projects have demonstrated that the condition assessment methodology is generally applicable to the needs of each jurisdiction.
- Native vegetation condition in Australia: a synthesis of outcomes from pilot projects on national monitoring and evaluation indicators
The third independent national stocktake of the Australian environment, this report covers the five-year period 2001–06, and reports on all aspects of the environment. There are several interrelated elements including the report, Australia State of the Environment (2006) (SoE 2006), numerous supporting documents, and data in the Data Reporting System.
The third five-yearly report on Australia's forests presents data obtained from a wide range of sources, including the public and private sectors. (Previous reports were published in 1998 and 2003.) The report uses seven criteria and 44 indicators to provide a framework and methodology for describing and evaluating progress towards forest sustainability at a national level.
Callitris forests and woodlands
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A National Vegetation Information System (NVIS) has been developed and is maintained by all Australian governments to provide a national picture that captures and explains the broad diversity of our native vegetation. The Department of the Environment and Water Resources published a booklet, Australia's Native Vegetation: A summary of Australia's Major Vegetation Groups (2007), to help you access and understand the information.
State and territory reports
Australian Capital Territory
Priorities and actions for biodiversity monitoring are established by the ACT Nature Conservation Strategy. Biodiversity monitoring is also required under the ACT legislative instruments of action plans for threatened species and ecological communities (Nature Conservation Act 1980).
Yearly monitoring programs in a range of vegetation communities of threatened species and fauna habitat provide the data and information for these programs.
Monitoring and reporting
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Photo: M. Fagg