Climate Future Plots

Greening Australia project staff in Gippsland, Victoria

Climate Future Plots are areas of revegetated and restored land which incorporate genetic and/or species diversity to enhance habitat resilience to the uncertain and unpredictable effects of climate change.

Addressing the impacts of climate change can be overwhelming, but there are already many things you can do to help nature adapt to a changing climate. Greening Australia and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) have worked with a range of organisations to develop guidelines for community groups and agencies to build Climate Future Plots.

Building Climate Future Plots will help improve the resilience of plants and animals in your region to climate change. The plots are areas of revegetated and restored land that include plant genetics from different climates. This means that, as the climate changes, these plant communities will be better equipped to adapt and change with it.

Benefits of Climate Future Plots

• Develop climate-resilient habitat by creating natural areas that maintain ecosystem function in uncertain climate scenarios.
• Act as nursery sites due to their high genetic diversity.
• Enable testing of predictions and proposed management strategies under a changing climate.
• Inform future adaptive management by showing how species respond to climate interventions.
• Enable community engagement and awareness by providing opportunities to work together.

How are they created?

How Climate Future Plots work

As well as the guide, Greening Australia ran a series of interactive workshops to share knowledge on how to plan revegetation under a changing climate, including working out what your future climate will look like, and how to select the appropriate species and provenances to plant.

If there is enough interest, we are considering running more of these sessions online.

Register your interest for Climate Future Labs

Have you or your organisation set up a Climate Future Plot? We’d love to hear from you. Please send us a message via our contact form and share your experiences.