A fundamental step towards delivering knowledge and tools that allow transparency in decision-making about environmental management and development is to agree on a standardised approach to the way ecological field survey and monitoring data are collected. It is proposed that this will improve consistency in data recording so data generated from TERN (Australia’s national land observatory), NRM groups, Citizen Scientists, and entities carrying out environmental assessments are compatible across individual projects, regions and jurisdictions.
• How do we decide which environmental parameters to measure by standardised protocols?
• What steps are necessary before we can say we have a standardised protocol for collecting Australia’s environmental information?
• Will past and future data collected by non-standard methods have any use in assisting regulators?
• Do the States, Territories and the Commonwealth have a consensus approach to harmonising environmental information collection?
• How might Citizen Scientists, NGOs and other non-government groups contribute to developing standards, tools and training?