The Australian Government, represented by the Department of Climate Change (DCC) (formerly the Department of Environment and Water Resources), commissioned Hyder Consulting to assess the impacts and management implications of climate change for the Australian Government’s protected areas.
The report examined twenty protected areas managed by the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, and declared under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), comprising:
* Six National Parks;
* The Australian National Botanic Gardens; and
* Thirteen Marine Protected Areas.
A number of additional marine protected areas are in the process of being declared – these are not included within this report. This report forms a component of the of the Australian Government’s National Climate Change Adaptation Programme which aims to initiate actions towards preparing Australia for the impacts of climate change. The importance of managing Australia’s biodiversity in the face of climate change is recognised in the commitments made in the National Biodiversity and Climate Change Action Plan 2004-2007.