Rebecca Koss, Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability (Aus)
Dr Rebecca Koss has more than 17 years’ experience in environmental and conservation policy and science. Rebecca is currently a Science Writer for the Office of the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability and has a reputation for her knowledge across environmental stewardship; environmental policy and strategy analysis and implementation; stakeholder relations; and citizen science.
Can I swim or fish here? The influence of social narrative in environmental reporting
Victoria’s independent Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability is appointed under the Commissioner for Environmental Sustainability Act 2003 to report on the condition of the State’s natural environment, to enhance understanding of ecologically sustainable development and to encourage sound environmental practice by State and local governments. Under the Yarra River Protection (Wilip-gin Birrarung murron) Act 2017, the Commissioner is required to prepare a State of the Yarra and its Parklands report. This will be the first independent and impartial report on the environmental condition of the Yarra River in Victoria. It will inform decision-making, improve environmental outcomes and protect the benefits obtained from the Yarra River and its adjacent parklands. This report includes environmental stewardship and recreational health data to address how communities value and connect to their green spaces. This presentation showcases how social themes are equally important as biophysical themes in the narrative of regular environmental reporting.