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
24 Nov 2014 8:00am - 27 Nov 2014 6:00pm
Support the recovery of native mammals, birds and reptiles through hands-on conservation on the Glenelg Ark project. Experience the best that South-west Victoria has to offer, including the magnificent Cape Nelson Lighthouse, volcanic features of Tower Hill Wildlife Reserve, picturesque surrounds of Cape Bridgewater, and one of Australia’s largest Fur…
28 Nov 2014 7:00pm-8:30pm
Fun, low key Mountain Bike racing suitable for beginner racers and juniors (13yrs and over)
29 Nov 2014 8:00am-9:00am
parkrun is free, weekly, 5km timed run that is open to everyone - walkers, runners, families and dogs are all welcome! Westerfolds parkrun occurs every Saturday morning. We're based near the main carpark off the Fitzsimons Lane entrance, and the course is run entirely on sealed paths within the park.
30 Nov 2014 9:00am-2:00pm
Located in one of the Victoria's most picturesque settings, Point Nepean near Portsea. Soak in the exceptional atmosphere and regenerate your senses at this delightful market that specialises on local produce and home made wares. There is something for everyone from old world to modern contemporary, a labyrinth of unique…