The current condition of the coastal zones have been assessed (Method and Condition) and targets have been set for their future condition (Targets). Lead organisations are committed to achieving these targets (Leadership) and the main pressures have been identified (Pressures).
This section outlines the monitoring that will be undertaken to check progress towards the targets and how progress will be reported.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will manage data on native vegetation extent and quality, which will enable assessment of progress towards the targets.
The data will be used to re-assess the environmental condition of the coastal zones each 3 years.
The Central Region Coastal Plan 2015-2020 directs the development of a coastal and marine environmental value measurement system and environmental accounts that are consistent with international systems. This could lead to these monitoring arrangements being revised.
The condition of the coastal zones will be reported on 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:
- Is adequate data being collected to enable monitoring and reporting of progress towards the targets?
- Has the condition of coastal zones changed?
- Are we likely to meet the targets? If not, what changes are needed so it becomes likely the targets will be met? Or do the targets need to be revised?
- Do these targets provide sufficient indication of the overall ecological health and resilience of coasts? If not, what changes are needed?