WABSI, WAMSI and ARDC have been leading an approach to establish a national environmental information supply chain. The collaboration recently brought together senior industry, government, community and research sector representatives to support this important endeavour, hosting a national forum and workshop on 6th and 7th June 2023.
Keynote addresses were delivered by several senior leaders, including Dr Ian Cresswell, WABSI Board Chair, Jane Coram Acting Division Head, Environment Information Australia, Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water; and Professor Matthew Tonts, Chair, Environmental Protection Authority, WA. Expert panel members included Gavin Price, Head of Environment, BHP, Simon Taylor, Executive Director, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; and Dr Beryl Morris, Director of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.
The Independent Review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 highlighted the need for a ‘supply chain that delivers to the broader national system of environmental management’. The idea of a national information supply chain is a powerful concept that can help align the varied endeavours of many organisations to a common and expanding national cause which includes:
• reporting on nature positive outcomes;
• enhanced research outcomes;
• the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures;
• reporting on Country; and
• other environment-related reporting frameworks.
Participants at the capacity event agreed on an inclusive process to define and map an environmental information supply chain by late 2023 and scoped pilot collaborative industry-research-government approaches to building a supply chain in a Western Australian region (for example, the Pilbara).