1 Approach | 1.2 New in 2011
State of the Environment 2011 Committee. Australia state of the environment 2011.
Independent report to the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
Canberra: DSEWPaC, 2011.
The SoE 2011 Committee, with encouragement from the Minister for the Environment, set out to improve the relevance and usefulness of SoE reporting for evidence-based decision-making.
For the first time in Australian national SoE reporting, SoE 2011 goes beyond a descriptive summary of evidence to include graded ‘report-card style’ assessments of condition and trends (see Box 1.2 in Section 3.1), discussions of risk and resilience, and future projections or ‘outlooks’. This structure was inspired by the Great Barrier Reef outlook report 2009,1which set a new benchmark for improved relevance to managers and policy makers in evidence-based environmental assessments.2
Where quantitative information was limited, the committee consulted with a range of relevant experts to provide insight into the state of our environment. In many cases, this involved consultative workshops that enabled expert opinion to be included in SoE in 2011.