Engagement of the draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy is now closed.

Healthy ecosystems and rich biodiversity are vital for the liveability of our city. Protecting and enhancing biodiversity will support the health and wellbeing of our community and contribute to effective climate change adaptation actions.

The City of Melbourne has developed a draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy to provide direction about how we manage and enhance municipal ecology and biodiversity. By considering our city 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 for future generations to enjoy, and to nurture delight in the natural environment. Read the strategy:

The Draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy is the product of a collaborative process. Thank you for all who have been with us on the journey so far, and provided input.


Thank you to everyone who provided feedback about the draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy. We received 61 contributions during the consultation period. The development of the City of Melbourne’s first Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy has been a truly collaborative process and we appreciate the valuable input from the community and organisations involved.

We’re currently analysing the feedback and look forward to sharing the final strategy with you in September 2016. In the meantime, please contact us at nature@melbourne.vic.gov.au with any questions.

July 12, 2016

The Draft Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy is scheduled for endorsement by the Future Melbourne Committee on 7 June 2016.

Once the strategy is endorsed, a final consultation phase will commence. We will be seeking the community’s feedback about our plans for maintaining a diverse ecosystem to help Melbourne remain a resilient and sustainable city.

The report to the Future Melbourne Committee about the draft strategy is available on the Future Melbourne Committee 7 June 2016 page.

June 6, 2016

A summary report on the Urban Ecology Workshops held 26 March 2015 is now available. Read the report:

May 22, 2015

Thank you to those who provided response to the discussion paper and recommendations for enhancing Melbourne’s biodiversity. We will now be collating and analysing all responses for use in developing a draft strategy.

Stay tuned to read and provide feedback on the draft strategy later in 2015.

May 4, 2015

Two community workshops were held on 26 March 2015 at the Hellenic Museum. We had 220 people attend - thank you if you were able to come. Feedback from these workshops will contribute to the development of the Urban Ecology and Biodiversity Strategy.

If you couldn't make one of the workshops, you can still provide input by posting on our forum or by completing the Biodiversity survey.

April 8, 2015