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 is the agency responsible for managing parks and reserves within the Department of Environment and Primary Industries' portfolio. Parks Victoria has been adapting...
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...
06 Jun 2016
Tipperary Springs mineral water pump in Hepburn Regional Park has been closed temporarily, Parks Victoria District Manager Tony English has advised. Mr English said, “We have been advised by public health officers that Parks Victoria should close the pump and pit until further tests are conducted. “There is no need…