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
16 Apr 2013
Parks Victoria is reminding visitors and campers in Lake Tyers State Park to keep vehicles to formed roads and tracks, set campsites back from the waterline and collect firewood only where permitted. The special values of the Lake Tyers area were recently recognised with its declaration as Lake Tyers State …
11 May 2013 10:00am - 8 Jun 2013 2:30pm
This course is an intensive introduction to Botanical Drawing and Painting. Develop observation skills and learn about tonal values, pencil and ink rendering, composition, colour, watercolour and gouache' Explore, develop and understand a variety of techniques to create your own detailed botanical studies. Time: Saturdays 11 May to 8 June, 5 x 4.5 hours = 20 …
18 May 2013 8:00am-1:00pm
Monthly market (every third Saturday of the month except January). Fresh local and regional produce including some plants. Up to 50 stalls.
18 May 2013 10:00am-3:00pm
AGM of FoLD, BBQ lunch and guest speakers. Discussion to improve signage in the NP. New members welcome.
Participants enjoyed the first “Heart Week Walk” organised by the Heart Foundation at Yarra Bend Park last week http://t.co/YMBgy2vw5mParksVictoria: Participants enjoyed the first “Heart Week Walk” organised by the Heart Foundation at Yarra Bend Park last week http://t.co/YMBgy2vw5mView post | Fri, 17 May 2013 17.23
@jejuolletrail We believe it's a small cairn and plaque in memory of Molly Hill http://t.co/93XTmL8SYYParksVictoria: @jejuolletrail We believe it's a small cairn and plaque in memory of Molly Hill http://t.co/93XTmL8SYYView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 14.41
Photo of the week: "Molly Hill, Mt Feathertop View" by PV website contributor Ryan Malone. http://t.co/2jLM6OgYqJ http://t.co/QuQZsQWEEUParksVictoria: Photo of the week: "Molly Hill, Mt Feathertop View" by PV website contributor Ryan Malone. http://t.co/2jLM6OgYqJ http://t.co/QuQZsQWEEUView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 13.53
Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkParksVictoria: Quarry Beach Road which leads to Mallacoota Coastal Reserve has been repaired & re-opened http://t.co/zQxw5Frq2S http://t.co/HkS8Z89qAkView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 11.55
Thanks a Million to our wonderful volunteers at Werribee Park for their support in maintaining this historic landmark http://t.co/S00aich88CParksVictoria: Thanks a Million to our wonderful volunteers at Werribee Park for their support in maintaining this historic landmark http://t.co/S00aich88CView post | Thu, 16 May 2013 11.20