Australia's State of the Forests Report 2003

​​​Australia's State of the Forests Report 2003 (SOFR 2003) is the second in the series of Australia's State of the Forests Reports. SOFR 2003 was the first in the series to be structured with a formal framework of criteria and indicators. The purpose of the report was to inform the public about Australia's forests and to provide a benchmark for future national assessments. The report was also used to report on the state of Australia's forests to the world. SOFR 2003 reports data for the five-year period from 1996-97 to 2000-01, unless otherwise stated. 

Australia's State of the Forests Report 2003 is available in the following formats:

  • Australia's State of the Forests Report 2003 – Full report - PDF [8.8 MB]
  • Australia's State of the Forests Report 2003 – Executive summary - PDF [48 KB]     


Criteria and indicators

Seven criteria and 44 indicators provide the framework and methodology for this report.

The criteria also form the chapters of the report, as follows: 

  • Chapter 1. Conservation of biological diversity - PDF [1.8 MB]
  • Chapter 2. Maintenance of productive capacity of forest ecosystems - PDF [287 KB]
  • Chapter 3. Maintenance of ecosystem health and vitality - PDF [566 KB]
  • Chapter 4. Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources - PDF [449 KB]
  • Chapter 5. Maintenance of forest contribution to global carbon cycles - PDF [139 KB]
  • Chapter 6. Maintenance and enhancement of long-term multiple socioeconomic benefits to meet the needs of societies - PDF [1.4 MB]
  • Chapter 7. Legal, institutional and economic framework for forest conservation and sustainable management - PDF [823 KB] 
Last reviewed: 23 January 2020