The Natural Systems Resilient to Climate Change Project addresses the need for the Tasmanian Government and the community to better understand the risks of climate change to our natural environment in order to make informed planning and management decisions. Adaptation measures for our natural environments aim to reduce the vulnerability of species and ecosystems by strengthening their resilience, reducing other pressures such as the impact of invasive species, and reducing and repairing habitat destruction. These actions will help maintain the ecological services upon which we all depend.
As part of this initiative, the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment has undertaken an assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on Tasmania's natural values. The Vulnerability of Tasmania's Natural Environment to Climate Change will help us better understand the possible impacts. This will help guide the formulation of policy and management responses.
Vulnerability of Tasmania's Natural Environment to Climate Change: An Overview
Vulnerability of Tasmanias Natural Environment to Climate Change - An Overview (3.07 MB)
Vulnerability of Tasmania's Natural Environment to Climate Change: An overview is the first assessment of the potential impacts of climate change on Tasmania's terrestrial, freshwater and marine systems.
Biodiversity and the natural environment have been identified as some of the most vulnerable sectors to the impacts of climate change. Climate change increasingly presents a major challenge for biodiversity conservation in Tasmania, and for managers of our world class reserves and our unique natural heritage.
Climate Change Workshops
DPIPWE is trying to understand the potential impacts of climate change on our natural environment so we can identify adaptations that may maintain, enhance and recover the natural resilience of Tasmania's ecosystems, plants and animals to the potential impacts of climate change. Natural systems and the biodiversity they contain underpin the provision of ecological processes, including nutrient, carbon and water cycling, and help maintain ecological services such as water purification, carbon storage, pollination and pest control.
In October 2008 DPIPWE partnered with the Tasmanian Climate Change Office in running a one-day Managing Natural Values in a Changing Climate Conference. The day was a great success, with around 160 people attending from DPIPWE, other resource management agencies, NGOs, NRM regional bodies, local government and research institutions including TAFI and TIAR. Six keynote speakers who are acknowledged national and international experts in natural systems and climate change presented on the current climate change issues for terrestrial, aquatic and marine systems. They described some of the significant biophysical and ecological changes expected for Tasmania, including some changes that are already being observed. Workshop notes summarise the key discussion points.
This was preceded by a small workshop in May 2008 looking at a range of potential climate change issues for terrestrial, marine and freshwater environments.
Changing Climate Workshop Oct 2008 (407 KB)
Changing Climate Workshop May 2008 (1.73 MB)
The Spatial Identification of Contemporary Refugia (March 2010) - NRM south
Refugia provide shelter from current or potential threatening processes such as Climate change. Refugia may also provide protection from other threats which may themselves be exacerbated by climate change (including fire, drought, floods, pests and diseases. NRM South
have undertaken some preliminary work on the identification of the characteristics and location of areas of Tasmania which may be important for maintaining resilience, flexibility and adaptability for native vegetation and flora and fauna habitat in terms of climate change and related stresses.