The Department of Environment and Energy released it’s 2006 environment report for public viewing.
The summary of the reports it’s main findings centred around the impact that humans, and in particular their development of Australia has had since European colonisation.
- Australia has a legacy from past actions, and biodiversity will continue to decline in some areas before current investments either arrest or reverse change.
Biodiversity has become increasingly vulnerable because of both loss of extent, and ecosystem resilience, aggravated by current climatic variability and possibly by enhanced variability.
- Pressures on biodiversity are uneven and reflect the level of development and at times the spread of novel biota.
- The future reduction in land clearance represents a reduction in pressures on biodiversity.
- Much needs to be done to increase the sophistication of biodiversity management and its integration into natural resource management.
- Biodiversity management needs to continue to move to a landscape-based model with adaptive management applied equally to productive and protected lands. This is because while the national reserve system could expand, it cannot ever fully conserve all of Australia’s biodiversity.
Victorian Vegetation Management (VicVM) understands that on this basis a greater emphasis needs to be placed on environmental outcomes of future developments.
For this reason our team has focussed on developing reporting tools that focus on the key outcomes of the Department of Environments reports.