Environmental indicators for national state of the environment reporting: natural and cultural heritage

Australia: State of the Environment (Environmental Indicator Reports)
Pearson Michael, Johnston Dave, Lennon Jane, McBryde Isabel, Marshall Duncan, Nash David, Wellington Bruce
Department of the Environment, 1998
ISBN 0 642 54528 6 of the series 0 642 54526 X

About the Document

A set of 43 key environmental indicators for the natural and cultural heritage theme is recommended for Australian state of the environment reporting at the national scale. Of these, 8 are general indicators that apply to most but every heritage environment and address: knowledge of heritage resources (both objects and places); condition of heritage places; resources and training; and community awareness and action. Indicators which are specific to particular heritage environments are then presented: 3 to natural heritage places; 8 to indigenous archaeological places; 6 to indigenous contemporary places; 9 to indigenous languages; 2 to historic places; and 7 to heritage objects. Monitoring strategies and approaches to interpreting and analysing each of the indicators are discussed, possible sources of data are noted. Recommendations are also made for further development of environmental indicators for natural and cultural heritage.