Warby-Ovens National Park became Victoria’s first site and one of only four Australian sites to be admitted to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Green List of Protected and Conserved Areas – a global standard for nature conservation recognizing the best-managed sites.
Located between the Victorian Alps and the Murray Valley in the country of Yorta Yorta, Warby-Ovens National Park protects three distinct landscapes: the granite hills and forests of the Warby Range, the Box-Ironbark forest of Killawarra and the forests and Red Gum River Wetlands of the Lower Ovens River, Heritage Listed.
These provide a sanctuary for native plants and animals like the fast migrating parrot and the endangered carpet python. The national park is a nature lover’s paradise and offers a wide range of recreational, educational and social opportunities, including bush walking, bird watching, cycling, camping and canoeing.
Victorian Energy, Environment and Climate Change Minister Lily D’Ambrosio announced the park’s listing, noting that “the achievement of Green List certification for Warby-Ovens National Park is a testament to the hard work by Parks Victoria and the passionate local community.
“Our state has some of Australia’s most beautiful and accessible parks and open spaces, which is especially important right now.”
The Government of Victoria has provided over $ 280,000 to conservation programs to protect the environment at Warby-Ovens, and $ 350,000 through Victoria’s Great Outdoors initiative to enhance the camping experience at the campground. Camerons Bend.
The park was added to the Green List due to its outstanding natural values including some of the best examples of Box-Ironbark Forest and Riparian Forest and Woodlands in Victoria and its world-class governance with input from traditional owners .
Contributions from an engaged local community, enhanced understanding and knowledge through citizen science and conservation programs that keep the park healthy also contributed to listing.
IUCN Green List sites have demonstrated excellence based on rigorous assessment against the IUCN Green List standard of 17 criteria.
For more information, see the IUCN Green List website iucngreenlist.org.
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