Monitoring & reporting for native vegetation
This section outlines:
- The information that will be collected to check on progress against the targets;
- How it will be reported, and
- How we will evaluate success.
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 number of habitat hectares approved for clearing
- The offsets retained locally
- The offsets ‘exported’ outside the local area.
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:
- Is the extent and quality of the region’s native vegetation improving, stable or declining?
- Is adequate data being collected to enable monitoring and reporting of progress towards the targets?
- Are we likely to meet the targets?
- If not, what changes are needed so it becomes likely the targets will be met?
- Do the targets need to be revised?
- Does this set of targets provide sufficient indication of the overall ecological health and resilience of native vegetation and its contribution to ecological integrity and resilience in the region? If not, what changes are needed?