About the statement
The Director of National Parks is responsible for the conservation and management of the Australian Government’s terrestrial and marine protected area estates (hereafter ‘Commonwealth parks and gardens’ or ‘the parks’) established under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Director is assisted by staff of Parks Australia, a division of the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
Climate change is a significant threat that is already impacting the Commonwealth parks and gardens. Parks Australia has a national and global role in responding to a changing climate in its parks, including those of World Heritage status, and is a signatory to the International Protected and Conserved Areas Joint Statement on Climate Change and Biodiversity. Strong action is needed in partnership with stakeholders to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and to develop and implement robust adaptation strategies.
This statement outlines the Director of National Parks’ broad approach to assessing and responding to the effects of a changing climate. The scope of this statement includes the natural environment, cultural values and human communities. Traditional Owners are partners in the three jointly managed parks. We are committed to working with First Nations people to achieve improved climate change outcomes that maximise benefits for First Nations communities and are informed by First Nations local knowledge.