What we are doing
Trust for Nature is joining with others to address this challenge.
The Trust’s protected areas store over 12 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent across its 42 reserves and more than 1,400 covenanted properties, an amount equal to removing four million cars from Victorian roads per year. Thanks to ongoing land management by the Trust and our growing community of covenantors, these carbon stores are increasing. More about Trust for Nature Stock Assessment.
The Trust is revising its conservation planning approaches in the face of climate change taking into consideration the recommendations and guidance from partner agencies and research bodies. As a result of CSIRO research into making the National Reserve System more resilient in the context of climate change(ii), we are increasingly focussed on helping protect land for restoration, for connectivity, as habitat refugia and to assist with ecosystem functionality and health.
Concentrating much of our work on our 12 focal landscapes across Victoria, where there are extensive areas of high biodiversity value on private land(iii), also helps build the long-term capacity of the ecosystems and species in those landscapes to survive in the future.
i. Dunlop, M. & Brown, P.R. (2008). Implications of Climate Change for Australia’s National Reserve System - A Preliminary Assessment. Report to the Department of Climate Change, and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, March 2008.
ii. Dunlop, M., et al.. (2012) The implications of climate change for biodiversity conservation and the National Reserve System: final synthesis. CSIRO Climate Adaptation Flagship, Canberra.
iii. Trust for Nature (2013). Statewide Conservation Plan for Private land in Victoria.