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Assessment of the Values of Victoria's Marine Environment

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Assessment of the Values of Victoria's Marine Environment

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Assessment of the Values of Victoria's Marine Environment

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VEAC has been requested by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D'Ambrosio MP to carry out an assessment of the values of Victoria's marine environment.

The purpose of the assessment is to:

(a) identify current environmental, economic, social and cultural values of Victoria's marine environment, including their spatial distribution where relevant

(b) identify current and likely future threats to these values

(c) provide independent advice on future patterns, trends and direction related to existing and emerging uses

(d) determine a process to systematically classify data and an approach to describe social economic values and uses of Victoria's marine waters

(e) provide an inventory of available knowledge and data on existing values, uses and threats and advise on any significant gaps.

The full terms of reference are available here.

The Council is required to provide a report on the completed assessment by 29 March 2019.

The Victorian Environmental Assessment Council Act 2001 was amended in 2016 to allow the Minister to request the Council to conduct an assessment or to provide advice in relation to a matter that, in the opinion of the Minister, does not require an investigation, having regard to the matter's limited scale or scope or its technical nature.  This assessment of the values of Victoria's marine environment is required pursuant to the new section 26B of the Act.

To keep informed about the progress of the assessment, check this website for updates, like us on Facebook, or register your interest here.