From the mountains to the plains, the mallee to the sea, nature in Victoria is wonderful. Many, many people are doing fantastic work to protect and restore Victoria’s natural diversity: in community groups, agencies and NGOs, on public land and their own property.
This work is about to get a bit more complicated. Climate change is getting worse. As the climate changes, our favourite natural areas and the species they contain will also change. We now have to work out – not only, “how do we protect our current environment” – but also, “what can we do to help natural areas adapt to a new climate?”
In 2015, a group of people came together at a symposium, called Managing Victoria’s Biodiversity under Climate Change, in Melbourne. More than 200 scientists and audience members with years of practical experience discussed the state-of-play and options for the future.
This website is one outcome from that conference. It features 10 things we all can do to help nature adapt to a new climate. All ten actions involve people, nature, science, politics and every single one of us, personally. Some of the actions are new, some are as old as the hills. Many will be discussed, experimented with, and refined as we learn more in the future.
In 2016 we followed up with a second symposium, Our Changing Landscapes: Acting on Climate Change.
And in 2017 we had a third, Building “climate future plots”: designing trials to usefully inform management. It investigated ways to support species and ecosystems that might fail under climate change. The paper “Creating resilient habitat for the future: building ‘Climate Future’ plots” is one key outcome of that discussion.
VicNature 2050 is part of a big conversation, and we welcome your ideas and experience. Please contribute your thoughts and share a link to this web site with your friends. What have we missed? What do you think are the most important things we all can do to help nature adapt to a new climate?
Victoria’s climate and environment will undoubtedly change but, with your help, future generations will always think nature in Victoria is wonderful: from the mountains to the plains, the mallee to the sea.