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Defence has an obligation under Commonwealth legislation and under internal Defence policy for the long-term sustainable management of Defence land. A vital part of Defence’s commitment to environmental stewardship is the ongoing monitoring of the biophysical characteristics of the landscape, to establish limitations and the likelihood of degradation under Defence activities. The long-term biophysical management of the environment is critical to support Defence logistics, accommodation and training functions, day to day and in future. Land management actions are set out under a broad range of management constraints, which require ongoing monitoring to inform on future landscape management approaches. The application of landscape condition assessment provides a measurable threshold for land managers to make more informed decisions surrounding their land management practices, and to maintain Defence land that is fit for purpose.
Presented at the Defence and Industry Conference 2018, Hyatt Hotel, Canberra 14 February 2018. Jim Nikolareas, Richard Thackway and Chelayne Evans