Lisa Chesters says managing the environment is key.

On World Environment Day on Tuesday, Bendigo MP Lisa Chesters met with members of the Biolinks Alliance and the Bendigo Field Naturalists.

The aim was to raise awareness and action for the protection of local native species at risk due to habitat destruction and climate change.

“Environmental issues are really important to central Victorians,” Ms Chesters said.

“We live in a beautiful part of the world and I have spoken to many individuals, groups and organisations about their concerns for the future.”

The Biolinks Alliance brings together 18 Landcare and environment networks from the Grampians to the Victorian Alps and from the Macedon Ranges to the Murray River.

Loddon Plains Landcare Network facilitator and Biolinks Alliance board member James Nellson said science is showing that species need to be able to move over large scales to allow them to adapt to climate change.

“Connecting landscapes through private land at large scales is now internationally recognised as vital to conserve nature – with our National Parks simply not enough on their own,” he said.