Environment and biodiversity - bushfire recovery

Find out more about supporting the environmental recovery of Victoria's bushfire affected areas.

Environment and biodiversity impact

The bushfires caused significant impacts to wildlife and the natural environment.

In the rivers, lakes and estuaries there are around 3,000 plant species, nearly 500 species of terrestrial vertebrate and several hundreds of fish species.

The Long-footed Potoroo is a threatened species in this area. The region is also important for Glossy Black-Cockatoos, Eastern Bristlebirds and the Ground Parrot.

Role and responsibility

We work alongside the community, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), and other agencies to coordinate and support bushfire recovery efforts for biodiversity and environment. DELWP and Parks Victoria lead this recovery work.

We support the recovery efforts by:

  • coordinating the delivery of funding
  • working with the community to understand their needs for biodiversity and environment
  • delivering programs to meet these needs.

We focus on biodiversity, water and catchments, and sustainability.


The Bushfire Biodiversity Response and Recovery program was established to improve biodiversity in bushfire-affected areas.

The program is delivered by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. It delivers actions across a range of themes and focuses areas that align with the State Bushfire Recovery Plan.

For more information visit the Bushfire Biodiversity Response and Recovery program.

Water and catchments

The bushfires were exceptional in size and impact. Over 1.5 million hectares of land was affected, including 53% of the East Gippsland catchment and 22% of the North East catchment.

Bushfire relief and recovery teams are working hard to repair and replace essential water infrastructure and restore our waterways and catchments. This work will benefit aquatic species, ecosystems and local communities that depend on waterways for recreation, tourism and agriculture.

For more information on programs that support short and long-term goals for water and catchment recovery, visit Water and Catchments - Bushfire Relief and Recovery.


Sustainability plays a big part in bushfire recovery. Improving sustainability and the environmental health of bushfire-affected areas means we can continue to enjoy natural environments now and in the future.

Learn more about the initiatives that aim to improve sustainability in bushfire-affected areas:


Download a copy of our fact sheets for more information.

Reviewed 23 April 2021

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