A large number of Victoria's native flora and fauna are threatened as a result of past and present land use, the impact of weeds and pest animals and other disturbances. Many threats occur across the landscape, with parks providing the only refuge for some communities and species.
Parks Victoria works with the Department of Environment and Primary Industries and community groups to manage threats and protect endangered species.
Importance of threatened species
Every organism plays a particular role in the ecosystem. If one disappears, it can have a flow on effect to other species.
Many people gain enjoyment and satisfaction knowing that we have a diverse range of species. Even if they never see one of these animals or plants, it can bring enjoyment just knowing that they exist.
There is also a growing trend in tourism around endangered species. Many people enjoy activities like bird watching and are excited when they see a rare or endangered species.
Threats to species
Animals and plants become extinct or threatened when their habitats change or are destroyed. Habitats are made up of things they need to survive: space, light, water, food, shelter and a place to breed. If one of those things is gone, it will be hard for the species to survive.
Human activity that results in pollution, introduction of weeds and pest animals, clearing of native vegetation, damming rivers and so on, destroy and change habitats.
Protecting threatened species
Parks Victoria continually develops and monitors land management to protect the Victorian landscape ensuring healthy habitats for both plants and animals.
Government legislation and policies provide protection to all native plant and animal species. Further legislation specifically aimed at protecting threatened species is in place on a state, national and global level.
The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) are responsible for determining the conservation status of species that have special protection under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act.
Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (Vic)
For most species listed under this act, DEPI develops an Action Statement (management plan). This outlines what steps will be taken to help this species survive.
Actions might include erecting fences to stop foxes entering the species' habitat or setting aside conservation areas to allow the species the space they need to breed.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
This Federal act provides a framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.
Australia is signatory to international agreements which are aim to protect threatened species and habitats. As signatories to these agreements, Australia agrees to pass laws like those listed above to ensure our threatened species and habitats are protected.
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22 Jan 2015
A new technique that uses high resolution aerial photography to map invasive weeds across large areas is set to help combat weeds in Victoria’s national parks. Parks Victoria’s Steven Shelley said the innovative and groundbreaking method used a combination of technologies including multispectral photography (distinguishes different bands on the colour…
6 Feb 2015 7:00pm-11:00pm
Fun, low key Mountain Bike racing suitable for all MTB racers and and special 1 & 2hr events for juniors (12yrs and over). Lights are mandatory for the 2hr & 3hr events.
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…
22 Feb 2015 10:00am-6:30pm
On Sunday, 22 February 2015 the City of Wyndham will host an outstanding line up of musical talent for Live on the Lawn at Werribee Park. The event will feature the talents of renowned country musicians - including Golden Guitarist Lee Kernaghan, singer-songwriter-story teller Kasey Chambers, singer-songwriter Adam Brand and…
15 Mar 2015 11:00am-5:00pm
Fromage a Trois – Cheese and Cider Festival will showcase Australian Speciality cheese and cider makers, together with compliment products, set within the spectacular grounds of Werribee park. Visitors will be able to sample, experience and purchase produce while enjoying relaxing music from the main stage.