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 to climate change impacts, such as increased bushfire, for the best part of a decade. We now need to look more systematically at climate change.
Adaptation planning for the parks system will align with the Department of Environment and Primary Industris and Government policy directions and will be co-ordinated with the work and lead responsibilities of other Victorian government agencies.
This risk management approach aims to inform adaptation planning for park management. The program involves:
- Research and evaluation
Assessing the risks
To prepare for the challenges posed by climate change, it is important to understand the risks and the nature of the impacts.
Parks Victoria completed a Strategic Risk Assessment following Australian standards and the Australian Government’s guide for climate change risk assessment.
The Climate Change Strategic Risk Assessment Report (December 2010) details the risks that climate change poses to Victoria’s parks and outlines an adaptation plan for areas managed by Parks Victoria. A risk assessment summary has also been prepared.
Six key areas of risk are highlighted in this risk assessment. They are:
- Increased bushfire impacts
- Increased flood and storm impacts
- Hotter drier recreation conditions
- Increased and generalised ecosystem stress
- Four particular ecosystems at higher risk
- Increased financial and economic costs and impacts on organisational effectiveness
The Strategic Risk Assessment is an important first step in identifying and prioritising the risks posed to parks from climate change.
Parks Victoria's climate change response program has a two stream approach:
- Actively dealing with extreme weather events that are unfolding here and now – fire, flood, storms and drought
- Working with DEPI and others on long-term research and adaptation to permanent climate change impacts such as warming, permanent shifts in rainfall and sea level rise.
The next step is to develop adaptation responses that will:
- Focus on priority climate change issues.
- Use an adaptive management approach.
- Achieve balance between climate and non-climate risks.
- Focus on cost effective actions.
Parks Victoria will consult with the community and its stakeholders during the adaptation planning process. As draft plans and reports are developed, they will be available here.
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15 Feb 2015 10:00am-3:00pm
Tour the heritage orchard at Werribee Park, and see how it has improved since its state of neglect five years ago. Watch tree-grafting demonstrations Buy heritage fruit trees Talk to experts in gardening and fruit growing Eat, drink and be merry – the CWA will be preparing food and drinks…