Climate change is the most pressing environmental, social and economic problem facing the planet. The consequences of climate change are global, long-term and in some cases, already irreversible. Government recognises the current and future challenges involved in management of the urban forest and is committed to protecting the nation’s trees and woodlands from increasing threats such as pests, diseases and climate change.
Biosecurity and Resilience
Climate change will bring with it new challenges in the form of an increase in pests and diseases that have the potential to damage and degrade the urban forest. Tree selection and management strategies will need to adapt to accommodate new biosecurity threats; increasing resilience to these threats will be essential to secure the urban forest’s contribution to economic growth, improving people’s lives and enhancing nature.