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.

This infographic describes the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning’s (DELWP) original targets in the Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Plan. It features a header with the text ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Victoria’s 20-year plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment’. Below this title is the text ‘Vision: Victoria’s biodiversity is healthy, valued and actively cared for’.  It has the DELWP Victorian Government logo in the top right corner. The infographic features several designed graphics of animals, plants, landscapes, and many people. It also features invasive species such as foxes, rabbits, and prickly pear cacti.  Under the title are two columns that show the Biodiversity 2037 Plan targets with corresponding graphical icons, they include the following:          Victorians Value Nature: targets  By 2037:  *First icon with text next to it stating ‘All Victorians connecting with nature’  *Second icon with text next to it stating ‘5 million Victorians acting to protect the natural environment’  Victoria’s natural environment is healthy: targets  By 2037:  *Third icon with text next to it stating ‘No vulnerable or near threatened species will become endangered’  *Fourth icon with text next to it stating ‘All endangered species will have an ex-situ or re-introduction option for long-term conservation’  *Fifth icon with text next to it stating ‘Net gain in extent and condition of habitats (terrestrial, marine, waterway)’  To help achieve this, the plan has specific management targets:  *Sixth icon with text next to it stating ‘1.5 million hectares of pest predator control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Seventh icon with text next to it stating ‘1.5 million hectares of weed control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Eighth icon with text next to it stating ‘4 million hectares of pest herbivore control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Ninth icon with text next to it stating ‘200,000 hectares of revegetation in priority locations for habitat connectivity by 2037 (on average 10,000 hectares per year)’  *Tenth icon with text next to it stating ‘200,000 hectares of new permanently protected areas on private land by 2037 (on average 10,000 hectares per year)’  That is the end of the infographic.

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:

This infographic describes the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning’s (DELWP) original targets in the Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Plan. It features a header with the text ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Victoria’s 20-year plan to stop the decline of our native plants and animals and improve our natural environment’. Below this title is the text ‘Vision: Victoria’s biodiversity is healthy, valued and actively cared for’.  It has the DELWP Victorian Government logo in the top right corner. The infographic features several designed graphics of animals, plants, landscapes, and many people. It also features invasive species such as foxes, rabbits, and prickly pear cacti.  Under the title are two columns that show the Biodiversity 2037 Plan targets with corresponding graphical icons, they include the following:  Victorians Value Nature: targets  By 2037:  *First icon with text next to it stating ‘All Victorians connecting with nature’  *Second icon with text next to it stating ‘5 million Victorians acting to protect the natural environment’  Victoria’s natural environment is healthy: targets  By 2037:  *Third icon with text next to it stating ‘No vulnerable or near threatened species will become endangered’  *Fourth icon with text next to it stating ‘All endangered species will have an ex-situ or re-introduction option for long-term conservation’  *Fifth icon with text next to it stating ‘Net gain in extent and condition of habitats (terrestrial, marine, waterway)’  To help achieve this, the plan has specific management targets:  *Sixth icon with text next to it stating ‘1.5 million hectares of pest predator control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Seventh icon with text next to it stating ‘1.5 million hectares of weed control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Eighth icon with text next to it stating ‘4 million hectares of pest herbivore control in priority locations, sustained for twenty years’  *Ninth icon with text next to it stating ‘200,000 hectares of revegetation in priority locations for habitat connectivity by 2037 (on average 10,000 hectares per year)’  *Tenth icon with text next to it stating ‘200,000 hectares of new permanently protected areas on private land by 2037 (on average 10,000 hectares per year)’  That is the end of the infographic.

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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.

This infographic describes how the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) is tracking against its Protecting Victoria's Environment - Biodiversity 2037 Plan in the Progress Report for 2019. It features a header with the text ‘Protecting Victoria’s Environment - Biodiversity 2037 progress against targets: 2019’. It has the DELWP Victorian Government logo in the top right corner. The infographic features several designed graphics of animals, plants, landscapes, and people. It also features invasive species such as foxes and rabbits.  Under the title are two columns that show progress against the Biodiversity 2037 Plan targets in 2019 with corresponding graphical icons, they include the following:  Victorians Value Nature  *First icon with text ‘Target 100% of Victorians’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘64% of Victorian’s connecting with nature’  *Second icon with text ‘Target 5 million Victorians’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘5 million Victorians acting to protect the natural environment’  Victoria’s natural environment is healthy  *Third icon with text ‘Net loss’ on the left side, then ‘target net gain’ in the centre, then ‘net gain’ on the right side. oNext to the icon is the text ‘Habitat hectares of extent and condition of habitats (terrestrial, marine, waterway) Under this is the result from this with the text ‘8200 HHA annual net loss of native vegetation’ oUnder this is the text ‘All endangered species will have an ex-situ or re-introduction option for long-term conservation Under this is the result from this with the text ‘establishing a baseline’ oUnder this is the text ‘No vulnerable species or near threatened species will become endangered’ Under this is the result from this with the text ‘Establishing a baseline’  *Fourth icon with text ‘Target 1.5 million hectares’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘823,735 hectares of sustained pest predator control in priority locations’  *Fifth icon with text ‘Target 4 million hectares’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘327,382 hectares of sustained pest herbivore control in priority locations’     *Sixth icon with text ‘Target 200,000 hectares’ oNext to the icon is the text ’63 hectares of revegetation for habitat connectivity in priority locations since 2017’ and ‘9,124 hectares of revegetation since 2017’  *Seventh icon with text ‘Target 1.5 million hectares’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘69,726 hectares of sustained weed control in priority locations’  *Eighth icon with text ‘Target 200,000 hectares’ oNext to the icon is the text ‘3,601 hectares of new permanently protected areas on private land since 2017’   That is the end of the infographic.

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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

 

Action

Total hectares across Victoria

Hectares in priority locations (Biodiversity 2037)

Pest predator control

1,711,048 ha

823,735 ha

Pest herbivore control

519,446 ha

327,382 ha

Weed control

217,225 ha

69,726 ha

Revegetation

9,124 ha

63 ha

Delivering on our targets

The following initiatives will deliver against the targets.

2019 Progress Report Predator control target badge, target 1.5 million hectares

$6 million to fund a predator proof fence at Wilsons Promontory National Park to protect the unique plants and animals (announced November 2020).

2019 Progress Report Herbivore control target badge, target 4 million hectares

$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.

2019 Progress Report Revegetation target badge, target 200,000 hectares

$92.3 million for storing carbon including revegetation for habitat connectivity (starting in 2021).

2019 Progress Report Weed control target badge, target 1.5 million hectares

Increased targeting of effort of community programs to contribute to Biodiversity 2037 targets through new grants programs (e.g. Community volunteer action grants biodiversity stream).

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (DOCX, 49.3 KB)

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.

These are:

  • 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.

A simple version of the Biodiversity 2037 Implementation Cycle. The cycle is described in detail in the MERF

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

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