Status and trends
Analysing the status of our vegetation types and trends (i.e. improving or declining) is critical to raise awareness of vegetation management issues, identify priorities for action and inform investors about investment outcomes. It enables us to answer questions like 'What is the status of vegetation types in Australia?', 'Which ones are most depleted?', 'Can we say which are declining most rapidly?' and 'Are any improving?'
Find further information at:
- Projects to improve reporting — describes current national and state projects.
- Reports on vegetation status and trends — lists critical reports including State of the Environment reports.
Context to status and trends
One of the most important uses of vegetation data and mapping is in contributing to reporting on the status of our vegetation types and trends. Without adequate maps and data, our reporting on status and trends would be largely guesswork and our priority setting uncertain.
Eucalypt low open forests
Photo: M. Fagg
Status and trends data is compiled into regular State of the Environment reporting, carried out by all state and territory governments and the Australian Government. Where pressures on native vegetation extent are most prevalent, there is a requirement for more frequent monitoring, mapping and reporting.
Governments are actively developing their capacity for more frequent monitoring and change mapping as an input to compliance monitoring and improved reporting, and to guide better policy and planning.