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Title: Environmental Information Initiatives Stocktake and Assessment

Environmental Information Initiatives Stocktake
and Assessment
  • Perth Workshop
  • 30th April 2009

Session 1
  • Welcome and introduction

Workshop objectives
  • Engage with key stakeholders across relevant
    state agencies.
  • Familiarise key stakeholders with the project.
  • Seek input from key stakeholders to
  • Identify the full range of state environmental
    information initiatives relevant to the project,
  • Identify key linkages between initiatives, gaps
    and issues for consideration in the analysis of
    environmental information initiatives.

Project context
  • NRPPC has requested the Australian Government
    progress the development of a national
    environmental information system (NEIS) to
    coordinate the collection, analysis, synthesis
    and delivery of environmental information.
  • To inform this process, DEWHA agreed to undertake
    a stocktake and assessment of environmental
    information initiatives across Australian, State
    and Territory jurisdictions.
  • The stocktake and assessment aims to obtain a
    clear, up-to-date picture of the
  • range of initiatives across jurisdictions,
    including linkages among them, and
  • results of previous initiatives in coordinating
    the collection, analysis and delivery of
    environmental information.

  • A NEIS should build on existing environmental
    information initiatives
  • provide relevant, consistent, accurate and timely
    data at national to regional levels
  • streamline information collection and
    dissemination processes
  • inform rational and prioritised information
    collection and gap filling
  • support prioritisation of investment across
    environmental info themes
  • allow for value adding by enabling easy access
    and linking to available information, including
    socio-economic and other information sources
  • enhance the national coordination of
    environmental information
  • overall, equip Australia with comprehensive and
    robust environmental information and analytical
    capability which will underpin present day
    decision making on sound management of the
    environment and natural resources.

Project scope
  • Environmental information initiatives are those
    which contribute to a state or national
    application, or provide capabilities at those
  • Focus is on initiatives of government
  • Environment refers to biological, meteorological
    and atmospheric systems, ocean, water and land
    systems, and their interaction with human (social
    economic) systems including the built
  • Environmental information includes taxonomic,
    spatial, availability, condition and trend,
    measurement and monitoring information.

Project key steps and timing

Project method analytical framework
  • Capture information on each initiative
  • Application - what is environmental information
    used for now and in the future?
  • Content - what information do the initiatives
  • Management - how is environmental information
    funded and managed?

Analytical framework (to be updated)
Analytical framework
Stocktake examples
  • Examples of national environmental information
  • National Pollution Inventory
  • Online System for Comprehensive Activity
  • State of the Environment Reporting
  • NLWRA (comprised of sub-initiatives)
  • Sustainable Rivers Audit
  • Murray Darling Basin Authority
  • The Australian Water Resources Information System
  • National Elevation Data Framework
  • Environmental Resources Information Network
    (comprised of sub-initiatives)
  • Reef Atlas

WA stocktake examples
  • Indian Ocean Climate Initiative (IOCI)
  • Shared Landform Information Platform (SLIP)
  • State Land Information Capture Program (SLICP)
  • WA Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI)
  • WA coastal waterways geomorphic habitat mapping
  • Native vegetation condition Western Australia
  • Distribution of rare and threatened flora, fauna
    and ecological communities
  • Status and Trends in Suspended solids/turbidity
    of surface waters
  • Contaminated sites Western Australia

Session 3 Current situation
  • OBJECTIVE to identify the suite of environmental
    information initiatives, and identify selected
    features of each initiative.
  • List of state initiatives and sponsors.
  • Identify linkages with other initiatives,
    especially national.

Session 4 Issues and Assessment
  • OBJECTIVE to identify the major gaps and
    opportunities for improvement across the
    initiatives identified in Session 3.
  • Major gaps in the current suite of initiatives
    and reasons why, and
  • Opportunities for improving initiatives (specific
    to individual initiatives or general issues).

Priorities from Canberra Workshop
  • Need for leadership
  • Use and compliance with standards and common
  • Need to improve primary data
  • Focus investment to fill gaps, reduce duplication
    and meet key national priorities
  • Continuity of data collection
  • Need to identify key drivers for environmental
  • Resolve needs of individual drivers and
    information infrastructure to support many needs
  • Need for national custodians and coordination
  • Link environmental information to the economy
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