26 September 2023

Public asked to share environmental values

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The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for South Australians to help shape its next State of Environment Report (SOER) by sharing what they value most and what they believe needs to be protected.

Launching a public survey, the EPA said it would be developing the SOER over the next 12 months.

“This report collates information from multiple sources to assess and report on the condition of our environment in South Australia,” the EPA said in a statement.

“We need to understand the pressures that are placed on our environment, what impacts these may be having on our land, sea, air and inland waters, and what is being done to help protect, restore and enhance our environment.”

It said that protecting the environment was a shared responsibility and the EPA recognised that South Australians took pride in their environment and were actively involved in its protection and enhancement.

“We will be requesting input at various stages throughout the project to inform the SOER for South Australia,” the Authority said.

“During our first stage, members of the public can get involved,” it said.

“You can provide photos and share stories that can be used in the SOER website and report, or you can tell us what about the environment is important to you.”

EPA said it would like to know of any projects or programs that were being undertaken that contributed to improving the health of the environment.

“The SOER will be published in 2023,” it said.

“Until then, we will be engaging with our stakeholders, collating information and writing the report,” the Authority said.

The public survey can be accessed at this PS News link.

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