What we are doing
Trust for Nature is joining with others to address this challenge.
The Trust stewards more than 12 million tonnes of CO2 equivalents in its reserves and covenanted properties. This is equivalent to removing more than 2.5 million cars from our roads for a year. And, thanks to the ongoing management of this land, and additional landowners choosing to permanently protect their land with a Trust for Nature covenant every year, these carbon stores are continually growing. More about Trust for Nature Stock Assessment.
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;
- protecting areas identified as ‘refuges’ including wetlands, waterways, old-growth forests, rainforests and high-quality habitat patches
- protecting and restoring areas identified as important for improving habitat connectivity
- protecting and restoring 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 and mangrove ecosystems)
- increased management of pest plants and pest animals
- increased support for our landholders to help mitigate the impacts of climate change at the property scale.
To inform our approach, we are also 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.