Indicator development - state of the environment reporting for Far North Queensland

Sampson, K., and Lukacs, G.P. (1996) Indicator development - state of the environment reporting for Far North Queensland. Report. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia.

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The Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research (ACTFR) was contracted by the Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils (FNQROC) to assist the development of indicators for State of the Environment (SoE) reporting in Far North Queensland (FNQ).

The stated purpose (in the Terms of Reference) for the project wsa to: •develop a framework for using environmental data collected for local environmental monitoring as an input to state and national SoE reporting; •develop a core set of environmental indicators (using the pressure-state-response model) for use in local, regional, state and national SoE reporting; •incorporate community monitoring and assess its potential role in SoE reporting; •test the pressure-state-response (PSR) model asa practical management tool at the local level.

This document provides a starting point for the development of SoE reporting in Far North Queensland. However, it was difficult to achieve all the tasks required of the project because: •SoE reporting in FNQ (and Queensland) has not previously been attempted; •familiarity with the SoE reporting process in FNQ is limited, and few people have previously been exposed to SoE reports and the models intrinsic to their development •the development of appropriate indicators, mechanisms and models in Queensland remains in its infancy (the first Queensland SoE Report is not due until 1998); •the FNQ 2010 Regional Planning Project and Regional Environment Strategy (RES) process is not complete, and performance indicators are still to be developed; •the allocated time for the project precluded in-depth consultation with community groups and the development of an interactive framework.

Therefore, following consultation with the Project Manager (Mr Lindsay Enright), it was necessary to refine the focus of this consultancy and to devise a strategy which included: •educating those interested in SoE reporting through the provision of background discussion material (previously published - ACTFR Report 96/16); •the hosting and reporting (this document) of a one day workshop in Cairns (held 21 June 1996) to discuss SoE reporting and which also: - identified local stakeholders in environmental management; - provided information to those interested in the SoE reporting process (including the PSR model); - presented draft PSR Indicators for group discussion - surveyed those interested in an ongoing committment to SoE reporting; •identifying and compiling a review of PSR Indicators being used elsewhere in Australia which may be applicable for use in FNQ (this document); •reviewing (briefly) the likely participants in SoE reporting in FNQ and their possible roles in a SoE reporting framework (this document).

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ACTFR Report 96/22

Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2016 03:22
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