In late 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 symposium was organised by VicNature 2050 which includes input from the Victorian National Parks Association, The Royal Society of Victoria and The University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Institute and is sponsored by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and Parks Victoria.
One outcome from the symposium was the development of a website called “10 things we can all do to help nature adapt to a new climate”. The suggestions are for everyone and include actions which consider people, nature, science and politics. Some of the “10 things” are new, some are old and Vic Nature 2050 are open to revision as we learn more and move into a new climate future. To view the site and find out more click here.
There is another symposium tabled for June 7th this year titled ‘Our changing landscapes: acting on climate impacts’. This one day symposium will follow much the same format as last year’s symposium: a series of short presentations by experts in the field, followed by discussion periods to which all participants are invited to contribute.To register an interest in attending subscribe to the VicNature 2050 mailing list here.