We have set up actions to help us monitor, evaluate and report on progress towards enhancing our natural environment.
Read on to find out more about how we are implementing and monitoring Biodiversity 2037. In everything we do, we continue to learn and feed this knowledge back into our management of Victoria’s biodiversity. Come on this journey with us and be a part of the change.
Progress towards our targets
Each year we will share a snapshot of how we are performing against the targets in Biodiversity 2037.
This helps us to know if we are moving towards our vision that Victoria’s biodiversity is healthy, valued and actively cared for.
This reporting started in 2018, after the Biodiversity Plan was released in 2017. From 2019, the focus of this information is on our current progress towards the Biodiversity 2037 targets supported by case studies. Each annual progress report supersedes the previous progress report.
A more comprehensive picture of our progress will be developed through the 5-yearly evaluation of Biodiversity 2037 and other mechanisms described in the Biodiversity Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework.
This infographic sets out the targets within the 20-year Biodiversity Plan:
2020 progress report
We are currently finalising the 2020 progress report and it will be released here soon.
2019 progress report
See the infographic and case studies below for how we’re tracking on these biodiversity targets, as at the end of 2019.
The analysis against targets in the 2019 report utilises full threat management data only, consistent with improved standards for data capture and reporting since the 2018 report.
This provides a more conservative estimate of the progress made towards achieving the Biodiversity 2037 Plan targets. Future reports are also expected to use this approach to identify progress.
The hectares of action in priority locations that contribute to the Biodiversity Plan targets (shown above) are a subset of the total effort across Victoria, which is sometimes driven by outcomes other than biodiversity. The following table gives a sense of this in 2019.
Table listing hectares of action in 2019
Total hectares across Victoria
Hectares in priority locations (Biodiversity 2037)
Pest predator control
Pest herbivore control
Delivering on our targets
The following initiatives will deliver against the targets.
$6 million to fund a predator proof fence at Wilsons Promontory National Park to protect the unique plants and animals (announced November 2020).
$18.25 million Deer Control Program (2021-24) plus $4.4 million ongoing from 2024-25 (announced November 2020).
$29 million for Biodiversity Bushfire Response and Recovery (BBRR) announced November 2020 adding to the $22.5 million for immediate response in early 2020. The BBRR program has a major focus on pest herbivore control.
$92.3 million for storing carbon including revegetation for habitat connectivity (starting in 2021).
The 2020-21 Victorian Budget invested over $200 million towards protecting Victoria’s biodiversity. This builds on the 2017-18 Budget which committed $86.3 million over four years plus $20 million per year ongoing to deliver on the 20-year Biodiversity Plan.
2019 Case Studies
Progress Highlights 2019
See what key initiatives were underway by DELWP and other agencies as at the end of 2019 to progress the various components of Biodiversity 2037.
Biodiversity Response Planning projects 2019
See what Biodiversity Response Planning projects were undertaken in 2019 by community, non-government organisations and government agencies. See here for further information about Biodiversity Response Planning projects.
Read more background about the Biodiversity 2037 targets and the way we prepare progress reports.
2018 progress report
The 2018 progress report details the achievements of government environmental agencies and partners over the 2017-18 period against the priorities and themes of Biodiversity 2037.
It includes progress towards the Biodiversity 2037 targets. This analysis against targets utilised partial threat management data as the best data available at that time.
Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle
The Implementation Cycle reflects the key stages within and across the 20-year timeframe of the Biodiversity Plan.
- The strategy itself (Biodiversity 2037) and its review after 20 years.
- The enabling environment and planning process, including work that DELWP undertakes to provide tools and systems, regulations and standards, and collaborative planning.
- Everyone undertaking actions that contribute to the targets of Biodiversity 2037 – this includes all the contributions of individuals, community groups, Traditional Owners, non-government organisations and government agencies
- Monitoring, evaluating, reporting, and improving how we do things. This embeds continuous improvement into planning and action.
Our work is guided by the Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle below. This cycle allows for continuous planning and delivery of our goals through adaptive management. It also makes sure that the targets are updated as part of the refresh of Biodiversity 2037 every 5 years.
Click here or the diagram below for a more detailed Implementation Cycle.
Biodiversity Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvement Framework
The Biodiversity 2037 Monitoring, Evaluation, Reporting and Improvements Framework (Biodiversity 2037 MERF) is active throughout the implementation cycle to make sure that we improve the planning and implementation of actions.
Monitoring, evaluation and reporting is a key component to protecting Victoria’s biodiversity. It allows us to make ongoing improvements in the actions we take.Read the Biodiversity 2037 MERF
Page last updated: 12/04/21