2016 State of the Environment Report: A ‘Sobering Document’

Published 8 March 2017

The Environment Institute of Australia and New Zealand (EIANZ), Australia’s leading group of environmental practitioners, has welcomed the Federal Government’s release of the 2016 State of the Environment Report (SoE), while noting that the report paints a ‘sobering picture’ of continuing deterioration in the Australian environment.

“The report points to the fragmented nature of environmental management in this country and the challenges we face to change that situation”, said EIANZ’s President, Michael Chilcott FEIANZ CEnvP.

“This updated SoE Report and its new digital version is very welcome. It provides access to critical information and much easier navigation across topics that will greatly assist our members and other practitioners across Australia solve the problems confronting us in the 21st century”, Michael added.

The 2016 SoE Report notes that the pressures on the Australian environment continue to increase, and the drivers of environmental degradation are having very negative consequences.

The EIANZ called on all governments across Australia to use the information in the 2016 State of the Environment Report as the basis for delivering evidence-based environmental legislation, policy and planning.

A small group of senior EIANZ members were privileged to review a pre-publication version of the 2016 SoE Report.

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EIANZ supports environmental practitioners on both sides of the Tasman. Environmental practitioners play a major role in environmental planning and management across Australia.

EIANZ supports environmental practitioners and promotes independent and interdisciplinary discussion on environmental issues. The Institute also advocates environmental knowledge and awareness, advancing ethical and competent environmental practice.

EIANZ established the Certified Environmental Practitioner (CEnvP) program - Australia’s only comprehensive program independently confirming to the professional qualifications and practice standards of environmental practitioners.

Further information

For more information or comments, contact Michael Chilcott FEIANZ CEnvP