Parks and climate change
Parks cover more than 4 million hectares of Victoria. They protect many important environments but sit in a broader landscape that is changing.
They also play a crucial role in protecting biodiversity, providing clean air and water, regulating climate, maintaining healthy waterways, preventing soil erosion, maintaining genetic resources, providing habitat for native species and pollination.
Parks play an important role in removing carbon from the atmosphere, storing it in vegetation and soil is critical.
Climate change is recognised by the Victorian government as presenting major risks to our environment, our way of life and our economy.
Parks are at substantial risk from climate change. Increased incidence of extreme bushfire weather and conditions, storms and water shortages are already with us. Other emerging risks threaten the flora and fauna, opportunities for recreation, the tourism industry and our cultural heritage.
While uncertainty remains about the scale and timing of climate change impacts, and the best methods to reduce the greenhouse emissions that are driving the warming of the planet, park managers must adapt to cope with impacts that are already occurring.
- Victorian Government - Understanding climate change
- National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility
- Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research
- Parks Australia
- International Union for the Conservation of Nature
- Bureau of Meteorology
30 Oct 2013
A meeting of the state government agencies leading the campaign against the highly invasive Hawkweed species is taking place at Falls Creek on 7 and 8 November. Three types of Hawkweed occur in Australia, two of which are only found in the Falls Creek area. The Victorian Government is working…
15 Nov 2013 7:00pm - 2 Mar 2014 9:00pm
Fun, low key club mountain bike racing held on Friday nights over the Summer
11 Dec 2013 6:00pm-8:00pm
Festive season has arrived! Why not kick off summer with family, friends and colleagues by signing up to Emma & Tom's annual Christmas Run? Put the stress of Christmas shopping aside to enjoy a fun afternoon by Albert Part Lake. Don't forget to bring your picnic blanket along with some…
11 Dec 2013 8:15pm-9:15pm
The bat count is held once a month at dusk when the whole colony of 10,000 -20,000 bats fly out to feed around Melbourne’s suburbs. New counters are very welcome and much appreciated. Experience is not necessary as training is provided on the night. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, dress…
14 Dec 2013 9:00am - 15 Dec 2013 5:00pm
Escape to the mountains for a dose of sub-alpine walking before Christmas!! Help out with some track marking and once you reach the summit, relax and soak up wonderful wilderness views. For those who are happy to camp there will be a base-camp at Native Dog Flat for at least…
It's a beautiful day at Braeside Park. This photo of the native wild parsnip bus...It's a beautiful day at Braeside Park. This photo of the native wild parsnip bush in flower in the heathland conservation area was taken earlier today. The area was burnt two years ago in an ecological burn and is looking magnificent.View post | Fri, 06 Dec 2013 14.46
A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute t...A sincere thank you goes out to all of the dedicated volunteers who contribute their time and effort to the conservation of parks, gardens, rivers, caves and oceans around Victoria. We couldn’t do it without you. Happy International Volunteers Day.View post | Thu, 05 Dec 2013 12.03
Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was lik...Back from the Alpine National Park Bioscan - find out more about what it was like in the field from ABC Rural | Bush Telegraph.Wildlife survey uncovers unique alpine creatureswww.abc.net.auCrayfish underneath alpine bogs, small mammals breeding themselves to death and native bees building a chimney can all be found in Australia's unique alpine environment.View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 15.29
If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 Decembe...If you’re looking for something a little different to do this Saturday 7 December then why not pack a picnic dinner, grab some chairs and bring the family to Days Mill Historic Farm, located at Days Road in Murchison, for a free movie night. Part of Activities in the Park, a series of free events that Parks Victoria runs in partnership with Greater Shepparton City Council from November till March 2014, the entertainment starts at 7.30pm with the Christmas themed movie ELF starring Will Farrell. For more information: http://bit.ly/1jiyOpJ Hope to see you there - Ranger Drue!View post | Wed, 04 Dec 2013 10.04
One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially...One of Victoria’s icon walks, the Falls to Hotham Alpine Crossing was officially launched last weekend. This 37km 3 day/2 nights walk links the resort villages of Falls Creek and Mt Hotham in the Alpine National Park. For further information visit our website: http://bit.ly/IHQaPaView post | Tue, 03 Dec 2013 16.18