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.
The 2015 symposium was organised by the Victorian National Parks Association, the Royal Society of Victoria and University of Melbourne, and made possible with the generous support of major sponsors Parks Victoria and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
One outcome from that conference is a list of 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, leading scientists, land managers and community groups attended our third symposium, Building ‘Climate Future Plots’: designing trials to usefully inform management. It investigated ways to support species and ecosystems that might fail under climate change, for example, by setting up a series of experimental plots across the state to help inform management interventions, and provide resources of climate-ready genetic stock.
This paper outlining ways to involve local communities, scientists and government agencies in planning, setting up and monitoring these plots, grew from that symposium:
You can find some of the presentations to the symposium here:
For more information about VicNature2050, please contact the Victorian National Parks Association