This section outlines:
Data is collected by many organisations, so it is important to ensure it is well-coordinated and useful for identifying success and making decisions.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will collect and manage data that enables assessment of progress towards the native vegetation targets. This will require some modeling of extent and quality derived from remote sensing. On-ground survey may be needed to verify modeled data.
Clearing applications and approvals held by Councils will be used as additional sources of data to identify losses in vegetation extent. Data will be sought from Councils regarding:
The condition of the region’s native vegetation will be reported as part of a 'catchment condition' report produced every 3 years by the Port Phillip & Westernport Catchment Management Authority. The report will include discussion of the following questions: