What we are doing
Trust for Nature is joining with others to address this challenge.
With support from the Victorian Government’s Sustainability Fund, the Trust has been reviewing its conservation planning approach in the face of climate change.
As an evidence-based conservation organisation, we are focussing on:
- continuing habitat protection and expansion of the National Reserve System
- targeted protection of areas identified as ‘refuges’ including wetlands, waterways, floodplains, rainforests, old-growth forests, rainforests and large, ecologically intact areas
- targeted protection and restoration of areas identified as important for improving habitat connectivity at local, landscape and regional scales
- protection and restoration of areas identified as being important as existing carbon stocks (for example, old-growth forests and woodlands) or for their potential to capture and store carbon (for example, inland wetlands, coastal wetlands, mangrove communities, and forests in high-rainfall zones)
- increased management of pest plants and pest animals that become more prominent in a changing climate
- increased management effort on other threats to help mitigate the impacts of climate change
To inform our approach, we are exploring new scientific information relating to habitat connectivity, sea-level rises and carbon sequestration in existing and potential protected areas.
We are also examining Catchment Management Authority priority areas for protection and restoration throughout regional Victoria. This helps to clarify and align our future work.