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A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: III. Evaluation against international best practice and recommendations for the future

Hallett, Chris S.; Valesini, Fiona; Elliott, Mike

Authors

Chris S. Hallett

Fiona Valesini

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies



Abstract

In this final component of a three-part review, we present a national synthesis and evaluation of approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition across Australia. Progress is evaluated against objective criteria that together provide a model of international best practice. We critically assess the limitations, inconsistencies and gaps that are evident across Australian jurisdictions, and identify common obstacles to future progress. Major strengths and successes are also highlighted, together with specific examples of best practice from around Australia that are transferable to other States and beyond. Significant obstacles to greater national coordination of monitoring and reporting practices include inconsistent spatial scales of management, pluralistic governance structures and the lack of any overarching legislation. Nonetheless, many perceptible advances have been made over the last decade across Australia in estuarine monitoring and health assessment, and there is great potential for further progress. Finally, we provide a list of recommendations to address some of the most pressing limitations and gaps, and support improved future monitoring, assessment and reporting for Australian estuaries.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2016-12
Journal Environmental science & policy
Print ISSN 1462-9011
Electronic ISSN 1873-6416
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Pages 282-291
APA6 Citation Hallett, C. S., Valesini, F., & Elliott, M. (2016). A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: III. Evaluation against international best practice and recommendations for the future. Environmental science & policy, 66, 282-291. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.015
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.015
Keywords Estuary, Ecological status, Health, Monitoring, Management, Water framework directive
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1462901116304580
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: A review of Australian approaches for monitoring, assessing and reporting estuarine condition: III. Evaluation against international best practice and recommendations for the future; Journal Title: Environmental Science & Policy; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envsci.2016.07.015; Content Type: article; Copyright: © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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