Independent report to the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Australian State of the Environment Committee, Authors
(2011 Australian State of the Environment Committee), 2011
This is a summary of Australia state of the environment 2011, which is an independent report presented to the Australian Government Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities by the State of the Environment 2011 Committee
The Australia state of the environment 2011 report, which this document summarises, presents a comprehensive review of the state and trends of the environment; the pressures on it and the drivers of those pressures; management initiatives in place to address environmental concerns and the impacts of those initiatives; and its resilience and the unmitigated risks that threaten it. It also provides an overall outlook for the Australian environment.
The approach to reporting in SoE 2011 builds on an internationally accepted framework for environmental reporting—the DPSIR (drivers–pressures–state–impact–response) framework. This framework recognises a chain of causal links from driving forces, such as economic development, through to environmental impacts of human-induced pressures and the management responses aimed at mitigating those pressures.
For the first time in national environmental reporting, SoE 2011 goes beyond a descriptive summary of evidence to include graded 'report–card' style assessments of environment condition and trends, pressures and management effectiveness. It also includes discussions of resilience, risks, and future projections or 'outlooks'.
Information was used from a wide range of data sources (referenced in the full report), and from extensive consultations with experts in a variety of scientific disciplines across Australia. In many cases, workshops were held with experts to gather evidence and information, discuss issues and gauge opinion.
Independent peer review was used to validate and strengthen the content of the report and supplementary technical reports. Details of the peerreview process, comments from peer reviewers and responses from the SoE 2011 Committee on how feedback was incorporated to improve the chapters are available on the SoE website.
This summary is part of a suite of products that complement Australia state of the environment 2011. For more information, email email@example.com, phone 1800 803 772 or visit www.environment.gov.au/soe.