Delivering sustainability in response to State of the Environment Reports
In 2019, 3 significant reports on the health of our environment, prepared by the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability, were publicly released the State of the Environment 2018 report; the State of the Yarra and its Parklands 2018 report; and the State of the Forests 2018 report.
On 10 December 2020, the government publicly released the Victorian Government response to the reports.
- The State of the Environment (PDF, 2.8 MB)
- The State of the Yarra and its Parklands (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- The State of Our Forests (PDF, 2.0 MB)
The government has supported – in full, part or principle – 30 of the 31 recommendations in the reports.
These relate to:
- Climate change
- Waste and recycling
- International frameworks such as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The government is already acting on many of the recommendations, including:
- Protecting 90,000 hectares of old-growth forests and phasing out all logging in native forests by 2030, safeguarding 35 threatened species
- Strengthening the Environment Protection Authority with $190 million
- Transforming our waste and recycling system through Recycling Victoria with more than $300 million
- Supporting Victorian communities and biodiversity to recover from the 2019-20 bushfires
- Developing the Yarra Strategic Plan for land along the river.
In addition, the 2020-21 State Budget provides:
- $655 million to protect and restore the environment so more people can get out and enjoy our natural wonders
- $1.6 billion to speed up Victoria’s transition to clean energy and reduce emissions.
Page last updated: 10/12/20