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NatStats 2008. Natural Resource Management – An ABS Perspective. Peter Harper Deputy Australian Statistician Population, Labour, Industry and Environment Statistics Group Australian Bureau of Statistics. A framework for thinking about environmental issues. Response. Drivers. Impact.

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Natural resource management an abs perspective

NatStats 2008

Natural Resource Management – An ABS Perspective

Peter Harper

Deputy Australian Statistician

Population, Labour, Industry and Environment Statistics Group

Australian Bureau of Statistics

Natural resource management an abs perspective

A framework for thinking about environmental issues






An example
An example

  • Driving forces

    • Population

  • Pressure

    • Agricultural activity

  • State

    • Land quality -- salinity

  • Impact

    • Economic losses

  • Response

    • NRM practices

The information base
The information base

  • Physical science is mainly concerned with state, as well as certain pressures and impacts

    • This is the realm of scientific information

  • Drivers and many pressures are economic and social in nature

  • Many impacts are also of a social and economic nature

  • The ABS is well placed to measure the economic and social dimensions of environmental issues

  • Many responses are affected through the actions of businesses and people

    • The ABS is also well placed to measure these

Integration is vital
Integration is vital

  • The physical, social and economic dimensions of environment issues need to be collectively understood, because of the linkages

  • This requires common frameworks, standards and classifications

    • For NRM issues, geographic integration is particularly important

  • Information should be presented in a way that is consistent and coherent

Environmental accounting
Environmental accounting

  • An organising framework

    • Presents comparable information in a systematic framework

    • Encourages development of comprehensive and consistent data sets over time

    • Provides a framework from which a range of indicators can be produced

Environmental economic accounting
Environmental-economic accounting

  • An emerging discipline

  • Enables the relationship between the environment and the economy (and society) to be analysed

  • Presents environmental data in a way that is consistent with broader economic data, such as the national accounts

  • Shows the distribution of environmental resources across different parts of the economy

  • Enables monetary valuations of environmental assets and environment-related flows

  • Follows international standards to enable international comparability

Seea 2003
SEEA 2003

  • System of Environmental and Economic Accounting

  • Provides policy makers with indicators and descriptive statistics to monitor economic-environment interactions as well as a database to identify paths to sustainable development

  • Four categories of accounts

    • Flow accounts for pollution, energy and materials

    • Environmental expenditure and resource management expenditure accounts

    • Natural resource asset accounts

    • Non-market flow and environmentally adjusted aggregates

  • Currently being redeveloped

The abs tool kit
The ABS tool kit

  • Surveys of businesses

    • NRM issues related to industries, including agriculture

  • Surveys of households

    • NRM issues related to persons

  • Land-based surveys

    • NRM issues related to particular geographic areas

  • Economic-environmental accounts

  • Analysis

  • Classifications and standards

  • Assistance to other information producing bodies – statistical ‘know-how’

Abs nrm related products
ABS NRM-related products

  • Water account for Australia 2004-05

    • Experimental monetary water account

    • Experimental estimates of regional water usage

  • Water Use on Australian Farms

  • Natural Resource Management on Australian Farms

  • Farm Management and Climate

  • Environmental Issues – People’s Views and Practices

  • Environment expenditure, local government

  • Salinity on Australian Farms

  • Land Management: Eurobodalla Shire & Fitzroy and Livingston Shires

  • Australia’s Environment – Issues and Trends

Agriculture resource management survey 2007 08
Agriculture Resource Management Survey 2007-08

  • Purpose: to inform Caring for Our Country initiative

  • Includes issues such as

    • Details of commodities produced

    • Land preparation for crops and pastures

    • Soil condition management practices

    • Fertiliser use

    • Water use

    • Surface water management practices

    • Practices to protect the environment for conservation purposes

    • Practices for dealing with adverse seasonal conditions

  • Results available May 2009

The challenges
The challenges

  • Filling information gaps

    • Unlocking the statistical potential of relevant administrative or regulatory data sets

    • New collections where needed

  • Greater integration of disparate data sources

    • Particularly to understand linkages and consequences

  • Making information visible, accessible and usable – A National Environment Information System

    The ABS cannot do these things by itself – it needs to work in partnership with others