NSW Estuaries – understanding condition and influencing management.
Roper T, Creese B, Scanes P, Stephens K, Williams R, Dela-Cruz J, Coade G and Coates B (2010) NSW Estuaries – understanding condition and influencing management. Presentation given at the 19th NSW Coastal Conference ("Coastal Management – all aboard, making it work!"), 10 – 12 November 2010, Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia.
The NSW Coastal Conference 2008 devoted a session to the NSW Monitoring, Evaluation & Reporting (MER) Program and the development of State of the Catchments (SoC) Reports for NSW estuaries. Since that time, the first SoC reports have been completed*, representing three years of effort in collating and interpreting data through a number of pilot studies and monitoring programs. The review of the 2006 NSW MER Strategy has also been completed and a new 5 year Strategy is in preparation.
The SoC reports provide a baseline assessment of the condition of NSW estuaries and the reporting of progress against the Statewide target set by the NSW Natural Resources Commission.
Whilst SoC reports will be discussed, including the condition and pressure indicators utilised and the assessment and scoring processes (including classification of estuaries), the focus of the presentation will be on utilising SoC reports to inform decision making. SoC reports, the datasets that inform them and a range of associated products can be utilised to support the MER processes of State and Local government and CMAs and inform estuary management at a range of scales.
* The SoC reports are due for publication in 2010.