Framing an independent, integrated and evidence-based evaluation of the state of Australia's biophysical and human environments

Trevor Ward, Steven Cork, K Dobbs, Peter Harper, P.T. Harris, Thomas Joseph Hatton, Robert Joy, Peter Kanowski, Richard Mackay, N J McKenzie, Barbara Wienecke

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    Abstract

    A new approach was developed for Australia's 2011 national State of the Environment (SoE) report to integrate the assessment of biophysical and human elements of the environment. A Common Assessment and Reporting Framework (CARF) guided design and implementation, responding to jurisdictional complexity, outstanding natural diversity and ecosystem values, high levels of cultural and heritage diversity, and a paucity of national-scale data. The CARF provided a transparent response to the need for an independent, robust and evidence-based national SoE report. We conclude that this framework will be effective for subsequent national SoE assessments and other integrated national-scale assessments in data-poor regions.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)738-755
    JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
    Volume58
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2015

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