What's biodiversity all about?
Victoria has around 100,000 different native plant and animal species. Many are threatened or endangered – 21% of bird species, 18% of mammals, 39% of frogs and 21% of plants are listed as threatened in Victoria, and are on the downhill slide towards extinction.
This is staggering. Even common species like Kookaburras, Willy wagtails and River Red Gums are not as common as they used to be. The problem is they are losing their habitat, or these areas are shrinking, as urban areas develop and expand.
Healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity are vital for the liveability of our university community and city. Protecting and enhancing biodiversity will support the health and wellbeing of our community and contribute to effective climate change adaptation actions.
By considering University of Melbourne as an ecosystem, we will actively foster connections between people, plants, animals and the landscape – to create the legacy of a resilient, balanced and healthy urban environment.