Potential impacts of a future climate in the Mallee

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The projected climate changes under various emissions scenarios will impact the Mallee region’s biophysical, social and productive landscapes to varying degrees; with implications being potentially the most profound for biophysical assets. 
Changed climate conditions are likely to exacerbate the negative impacts of existing threats such as habitat loss and fragmentation, invasive species, and broad scale bushfires; and as such contribute to significant change in the current biodiversity of the Mallee. One example of the potential scale of change to biodiversity is demonstrated in Figure below which suggests that the ecological conditions for plant communities in the Mallee (particularly those in the north and east) may be substantially changed, even by as much as 70%.