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

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Journal Article
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Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2015, 58 (4), pp. 738 - 755
Issue Date:
2015-04-03
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© 2015, The Author(s). Published by Taylor & Francis. 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.
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