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
09 Oct 2014
There is renewed hope for a better Hooded Plover breeding season on the Mornington Peninsula this year with a fresh batch of volunteers enlisted to help Australia’s most threatened beach-nesting bird. Last year was a particularly bad year for these vulnerable birds, with just one chick surviving from 59 nests,…
20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm
The 10 Special Olympics National Games (SONG) is the flagship event for Special Olympics Australia and will be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 24 predominantly at venues at Albert Park. It provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Australia in ages ranging from 9 through…
21 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am
To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk through Lysterfield Lake Park. Lysterfield Park has a variety of habitat types which make it a great place for bird watching. The park also has a bird hide which allows visitors to sit…
22 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am
Want to know how to find more birds? Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird walk at Wilsons Promontory National Park to discover the best areas to spot birds. As a part of Bird Week 2014 all bird sightings from this activity will be added to the…
23 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm
Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk to celebrate Bird Week 2014. Coolart Wetlands and Homestead has a mix of heritage gardens, native bushland, coastal scrub and wetlands which create a perfect bird watching space. With a mix of bird hides and heritage buildings to…