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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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Inspired volunteers have started a new Maroondah Reservoir Friends Group Click to view the news RSS feed.

Inspired volunteers start new Maroondah Reservoir Friends Group

24 May 2016

Maroondah Reservoir Park is home to a brand new friends group after a group of young volunteers got inspired during a recent five-month Green Army project. As the Maroondah Reservoir Green Army project came to an end the group decided it was too difficult to say goodbye to each other…

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