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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 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. 

Parks Victoria's response

Parks Victoria is the agency responsible for managing parks and reserves within the Department of Environment and Primary Industries' portfolio. Parks Victoria has been adapting

ClimateWatch in parks

A new partnership in climate change adaptation Parks Victoria and Earthwatch Australia have enjoyed a partnership of working together over many years. Our collaborations have

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Partnerships help protect the health of Wilsons Prom

02 Sep 2015

Parks Victoria, in partnership with the Australian Deer Association, Sporting Shooters Association of Australia, and Game Management Authority, has completed a successful trial deer control program at Wilsons Promontory National Park, 18-20 August, with forty-two hog deer removed from the park. Parks Victoria’s Acting Chief Executive Chris Rose said the…

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