Melbourne Water’s Sites of Biodiversity Significance (SoBS) program has been operating since the 1990s, and now covers 44 sites throughout Greater Melbourne, encompassing approximately 15,667 ha and supporting known biodiversity values of regional to international significance. In 2019 a review of the SoBS program by Alluvium Consulting Australia recommended that a more detailed planning to account for climate change-induced habitat shift was required for the SoBS to continue its contribution to biodiversity function. We were thus engaged to explore how the SoBS program, as part of a state-wide network of protected areas can best protect our region’s native biodiversity in 50 years’ time in the face of climate change and human population growth.
This was a wide-ranging project that required us to primarily assess:
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