Conservation and science
We are committed to conservation. Our conservation programs help reduce threats and improve the health of our natural landscapes.
Healthy parks mean healthy plants, animals and people, and provide the best nature experiences for visitors.
As the organisation responsible for managing 18 per cent of Victoria’s landmass, 75 per cent of Victoria’s wetlands and 70 per cent of Victoria’s coast, we are one of the most important contributors to native species survival in the wild and are responsible for deciding what actions to take to ensure that Victoria’s parks are healthy.We identify the highest priorities to conserve each of these different landscapes, then develop plans and actions to address those priorities and tackle the threats that pose the most risk to the environment.
Learn more about our conservation programs.
Biodiversity and bushfire recovery
Following the bushfires, work is underway to assess the extent and impact of damage to parks and work out the best way to protect Victoria’s most vulnerable and threatened native plants and wildlife. Guided by science we're gathering data to understand the impacts on biodiversity in our state’s parks, which is expected to be large-scale and long-term.
Unfortunately, some parks have been badly affected by fires and some areas may remain closed for a long period of time. To find out which parks are currently impacted by bushfire visit the Fire Affected Parks page.
Visit our Biodiversity Protection page for the latest information and projects related to biodiversity and bushfire recovery or watch our latest bushfire recovery video below.
Featured conservation projects
Science and research
Nature is complicated and we will never know it all. But we know that to best look after something, we need to first understand what it is and how it works. That’s why our conservation approach is based on best-practice science.
Research is an important part of environmental management. It provides objective, reliable information to underpin and support sound decision making. Our staff undertake research programs in partnership with many different organisations, enabling us to deal with uncertainty or knowledge gaps; understand how ecosystems, communities and species function; and understand and refine management programs.
Learn more about our science and research programs.
Our amazing diversity
Victoria is home to the most diverse collection of landscapes in Australia. These landscapes support a wider range of ecosystems than any area of a similar size in Australia. The ecosystems found in Victoria include alpine, mallee, grasslands and grassy woodlands, forests, heathlands and heathy woodlands, inland waters and estuaries, coasts and marine areas (which are made up of even more ecosystems).
Parks are home to over 4,300 native plant species and 948 native animal species. Our ecosystems are a scientific, cultural, spiritual and economic inheritance that is distinctly Victorian, and one that we must conserve and manage for future generations.
Learn more about Victoria’s diverse ecosystems and threatened species.
Virtually explore Victoria's parks
Virtually explore some of Victoria's spectacular places through these 360-degree videos and learn about what makes them unique.
Following the bushfires, work is underway to assess the extent and impact of damage to parks. Guided by science we're gathering data to understand the impacts on biodiversity for our flora and fauna.