State of the Environment Report 2023

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Have your say in informing our State of Environment Report for 2023 (SOER 2023)

What is being decided?

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA), as South Australia's independent environmental regulator, will be developing the SOER 2023 over the next 12 months and we are seeking your input to help shape its content.

This report collates information from multiple sources to assess and report on the condition of our environment in South Australia. We need to understand the pressures that are placed on our environment, what impacts these may be having on our land, sea, air and inland waters, and what is being done to help protect, restore and enhance our environment for current and future generations.

Protecting the environment is a shared responsibility and we recognise that South Australians take pride in their environment and are actively involved in its protection and enhancement. We encourage you to become involved in the development of this important report.

The SOER is produced every five years under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

Background

The SOER provides important information on the health of our environment in South Australia. It does this by:

  • Providing information on the current state of the South Australian environment;
  • Incorporating Aboriginal perspectives on caring for Country and Sea Country;
  • Identifying significant trends and condition of environmental assets;
  • Describing the key pressures that may cause environmental change;
  • Including perspectives on the most important environmental risks facing South Australia;
  • Summarising policies and programs to protect and improve the environment;
  • Presenting opportunities to facilitate environmental improvement.

The EPA undertook an independent review of the SOER after its completion in 2018. This review recommended that we enhance stakeholder engagement and improve its capacity to inform stakeholders on the state of the environment to drive change.

The EPA website provides information on our past State of Environment reports.

Get involved

We will be requesting input at various stages throughout the project to inform the SOER for South Australia. During our first stage, you can get involved in the following ways:

  • Providing photos and share stories that can be used in the SOER website and report;
  • Telling us what about the environment is important to you - what do you value most and what needs protecting;
  • Informing us of any projects/programs that are being undertaken that contribute to improving the health of the environment;
  • Telling us what you think the SOER should deliver.

What are the next steps?

The SOER will be published in 2023. Until then, we will be engaging with our stakeholders, collating information and writing the report.

Updates on the report’s progress will be provided on this site and via our Twitter and LinkedIn page.

Have your say in informing our State of Environment Report for 2023 (SOER 2023)

What is being decided?

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA), as South Australia's independent environmental regulator, will be developing the SOER 2023 over the next 12 months and we are seeking your input to help shape its content.

This report collates information from multiple sources to assess and report on the condition of our environment in South Australia. We need to understand the pressures that are placed on our environment, what impacts these may be having on our land, sea, air and inland waters, and what is being done to help protect, restore and enhance our environment for current and future generations.

Protecting the environment is a shared responsibility and we recognise that South Australians take pride in their environment and are actively involved in its protection and enhancement. We encourage you to become involved in the development of this important report.

The SOER is produced every five years under the Environment Protection Act 1993.

Background

The SOER provides important information on the health of our environment in South Australia. It does this by:

  • Providing information on the current state of the South Australian environment;
  • Incorporating Aboriginal perspectives on caring for Country and Sea Country;
  • Identifying significant trends and condition of environmental assets;
  • Describing the key pressures that may cause environmental change;
  • Including perspectives on the most important environmental risks facing South Australia;
  • Summarising policies and programs to protect and improve the environment;
  • Presenting opportunities to facilitate environmental improvement.

The EPA undertook an independent review of the SOER after its completion in 2018. This review recommended that we enhance stakeholder engagement and improve its capacity to inform stakeholders on the state of the environment to drive change.

The EPA website provides information on our past State of Environment reports.

Get involved

We will be requesting input at various stages throughout the project to inform the SOER for South Australia. During our first stage, you can get involved in the following ways:

  • Providing photos and share stories that can be used in the SOER website and report;
  • Telling us what about the environment is important to you - what do you value most and what needs protecting;
  • Informing us of any projects/programs that are being undertaken that contribute to improving the health of the environment;
  • Telling us what you think the SOER should deliver.

What are the next steps?

The SOER will be published in 2023. Until then, we will be engaging with our stakeholders, collating information and writing the report.

Updates on the report’s progress will be provided on this site and via our Twitter and LinkedIn page.

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     We all have different perspectives about why the environment is important to us.  For example:

    • Agricultural farmers need good quality soil and plenty of water to grow crops;
    • Recreational and commercial fishers would like to maintain healthy fish stocks so they can catch fish;
    • We all love a clean, sandy beach to swim and relax or play on the sand;
    • A picturesque hike amongst native vegetation;
    • Listening to a bubbling stream while having a picnic outdoors;
    • Seeing initiatives implemented that promote sustainable recycling practices;
    • Protecting our plants and wildlife.

    The SOER will include people's perspectives on environmental conditions and identify the key issues our environment is facing. 

    Please complete this survey to help us identify the environmental values of South Australians and key issues you think having an impact on the environment so they can be reflected in the SOER 2023. 

    This survey should take around 5 - 10 minutes to complete, depending on how much information you provide. 


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