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State of the Parks

Parks Victoria evaluates the effectiveness of our park management activities in parks across the state through our State of the Parks (SoP) program.

The purpose of SoP is to:

  • Undertake a systematic evaluation of the outcomes of management programs and the extent to which park management objectives are being met
  • Review our achievements, highlight current challenges and identify emerging issues
  • Inform and adapt our management programs following the review.

SoP is consistent with state and national priorities for evaluation and reporting through the Victorian Government Land and Biodiversity White Paper and the Commonwealth Government National Reserve System guidelines for the states and territories.

How it works

The process for SoP is based around best-practice adopted by the World Commission on Protected Areas. These assessments are now being undertaken by a number of park agencies around the world. 

How are State of the Parks results used?

The information collected through the State of the Parks program is used by Parks Victoria to help improve the way we are managing the Victorian parks system. This includes:

  • Identifying and sharing knowledge about the contributing factors that are influencing the condition of parks and the effectiveness of management programs
  • Highlighting gaps and emerging issues for improved planning and response
  • Providing evidence to better inform allocation of resources
In 2007, Parks Victoria published our second State of the Parks report (the first report was in 2000).

Download the reports

State of the Parks 2007 - summary (PDF 6.7MB)

State of the Parks 2007 - part one (PDF 12.0MB)

State of the Parks 2007 - part two (PDF 11.9MB)


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