Benefits of the environment to health
Ecosystem services are the benefits that society obtains from ecosystems, such as food, clean water and air. This review investigates the health benefits provided by 3 ecosystem services - air filtration, local climate regulation and recreation. The review found ecosystem services provide many benefits to...
The nature-based economy: how Australia’s prosperity depends on nature
This report calculates the Australian economy’s direct dependence on nature and the variation in direct dependency for every major industry sector. It also calls for government to create strong environment laws that protect nature and establishing an independent regulator to enforce them.
What can science offer the proponents of regenerative agriculture practices?
The growing interest and momentum surrounding the regenerative agriculture (RA) movement has generated considerable debate about motivations, definitions, stakeholders and the role that scientific research plays. The aim of this paper is to propose a role for scientific activity in working with the RA movement.
Environment Aotearoa 2022
This triennial report synthesises the evidence base on the state of the environment contained in domain reports since 'Environment Aotearoa 2019'. The report does not suggest any response, as it is out of scope under the report’s governing legislation.
Living within limits: adapting the planetary boundaries to understand Australia’s contribution to planetary health
This report summarises work undertaken through the Land Use Futures program to adapt the planetary boundaries to the Australian context. It outlines how Australia is tracking against its share of five of the planetary boundaries and considers how the land use sector is both contributing...
Climate change 2022: impacts, adaptation and vulnerability - summary for policymakers
This report recognises the interdependence of climate, ecosystems and biodiversity, and human societies and integrates knowledge more strongly across the natural, ecological, social and economic sciences than earlier IPCC assessments. The summary for policy-makers presents key findings of the Working Group II (WGII) contribution to...
Report of the Inquiry into ecosystem decline in Victoria
Victoria’s ecosystems are currently facing serious decline. Population growth and spread has put pressure on ecosystems, which has led to the degradation and loss of many native species and habitats. The Committee has used both the submissions and the evidence given at public hearings, as...
Environment Aotearoa 2019
This report provides an overview of the state of New Zealand's environment using five broad themes presenting nine priority environmental issues, which include information about why it matters, what has changed, and the consequences.
Polling – Murray Darling Basin
The Australia Institute surveyed a nationally representative sample of Australians in 2018 and in 2019 about their views towards issues surrounding the health and management of the Murray Darling Basin.
Enabling effective and equitable marine protected areas: guidance on combining governance approaches
This guide shows how integrated governance can combine the roles of national governments, local communities, and market schemes to enhance the effectiveness of marine protected areas.
Enabling effective and equitable marine protected areas – guidance on combining governance approaches: case study compendium
This technical appendix provides a compendium of the 34 case study summaries that form the evidence base for the main volume: UN Environment (2019) Enabling Effective and Equitable Marine Protected Areas – guidance on combining governance approaches. These summaries are based on the ‘Marine Protected...
Victorian state of the forests 2018 report
This Victorian State of the Forests 2018 report is produced to evaluate and report on the condition of Victoria’s forests, with recommendations for systemic and policy reforms.
State of the Yarra and its parklands: 2018 report
The report tells Victorians about the health of the environment – the land, the water, the air, and the ecosystems. Using 170 different scientific indicators, the report shows where Victorians are doing well and where improvement is needed.
The heroic and the dammed – Lower Cotter Catchment restoration evaluation
The Commissioner, Professor Kate Auty, provided the report: The Heroic and the Dammed – Lower Cotter Catchment Restoration Evaluation, to the Minister for the Environment and Heritage on 20 December 2018. It was tabled in the Legislative Assembly and released on 14 February 2019. The...
Multi-dimensional approaches to the development of sustainable real estate valuation principles
The aim of this paper is to discuss the philosophy of value and valuation methods described for sustainable real estate development within its dimensions. The so-called sustainable real estate has to power the highest and best use with functionality, energy efficiency, resource intensity, environmental compatibility...
The IPBES assessment report on land degradation and restoration
This Report provides an assessment of the issues facing decision makers, including the importance, status, trends and threats to biodiversity and nature’s contributions to people, as well as policy and management response options.
Sea Change – Tai Timu Tai Pari: creating a marine spatial plan for the Hauraki Gulf
This report finds that the Tai Timu Tai Pari project’s success will ultimately depend on how the marine spatial plan is used and whether its recommendations are incorporated into local and central government’s decision-making.
The city as nature and the nature of the city
The 21 Century is the urban century with humans the dominant force shaping the planet’s future. This paper outlines why the era’s pressing imperatives need transformations in our production and habitation systems. These transformations require ecological design and technical and social innovations for adaptation. These...
Port Phillip Bay environmental managment plan 2017-2027
Significant population growth in Melbourne and Geelong means we cannot take the health of Port Phillip the Bay for granted. This plan provides a framework for managing the bay and its catchment to 2027.
Draft marine estate management strategy 2018 - 2028
This Strategy sets out to balance economic growth, use and conservation of NSW's marine estate by identifying evidence-based management priorities and setting policy directions for managing the marine estate as a single continuous system.
Measuring urban green space in Australia (MUGS)
This project aimed to foster best-practice in urban green space planning by combining the scientific state of the art with the needs expressed by potential Australian end users. It sketches a ‘blueprint’ for a nationally consistent urban green space (UGS) decision-support framework.
Landscape loopholes: moments for change
Social-ecological systems are breaking down at local, regional, and global scales, and sustainability seems an increasingly distant aspiration. Social harmony and economic systems are connected to ecological systems and climate, in multiple complex ways, at many scales.
Marine fisheries and aquaculture: inquiry report
This report considers whether fisheries regulation and management are impeding productivity improvement and investment. It looks at ways to use resources to maximise community welfare and sustainability into the future.
The Kermadecs conundrum: marine protected areas and democratic process
This article considers the process used by the New Zealand government for the creation of the Kermadec Ocean Sanctuary.
Under new management: marine consents in the exclusive economic zone
This article considers the management of exclusive economic zones in New Zealand under proposed legislation