Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008

​​​Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 (SOFR 2008) is the third in the series of Australia's State of the Forests Reports. Previous national reports were published in 2003 and 1998. The purpose of the report was to keep the public informed about Australia's forests, to show how they might be changing, and to indicate positive and negative trends. It was also used to report on the state of Australia's forests to the world. This report was the first based on a revised structure of seven criteria and 44 indicators. SOFR 2008 reports data for the five-year period from 2001-02 to 2005-06, unless otherwise stated. 

Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 is available in the following formats:

  • Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 – Full report - PDF [14 MB]
  • Australia's State of the Forests Report 2008 – Executive summary - PDF [3.1 MB]                                                                                

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: 

  • Beginning sections (Foreword, Acknowledgements, Executive Summary, Introduction) - PDF [1.8 MB]
  • Criterion 1. Conservation of biological diversity - PDF [5.6 MB]
  • Criterion 2. Maintenance of productive capacity of forest ecosystems - PDF [576 KB]
  • Criterion 3. Maintenance of ecosystem health and vitality - PDF [942 KB]
  • Criterion 4. Conservation and maintenance of soil and water resources - PDF [580 KB]
  • Criterion 5. Maintenance of forest contribution to global carbon cycles - PDF [410 KB]
  • Criterion 6. Maintenance and enhancement of long-term multiple socioeconomic benefits to meet the needs of societies - PDF [3.0 MB]
  • Criterion 7. Legal, institutional and economic framework for forest conservation and sustainable management - PDF [521 KB] 
  • Final sections (Appendix A-E, Tables, Figures, Case Studies, Acronyms and Abbreviations, Glossary, References and Further Reading, Index) - PDF [1.8 MB]
Last reviewed: 23 January 2020