Office of Environment and Heritage



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About this organisation

OEH works to protect and conserve the NSW environment, including the natural environment, Aboriginal country, culture and heritage and our built heritage, and manages NSW national parks and reserves.

Why we support the vision

Research demonstrates that increasing the vegetation on and around our urban environments produces a cooling effect for neighbourhoods and nearby buildings. This is because, unlike hard surfaces, trees and vegetation reflect heat and actively cool and clean the air by evapotranspiration.

By integrating vegetation, green spaces and permeable surfaces into our cities and towns, communities can adapt urban environments to minimise local temperatures, now and into the future. Increasing urban green cover provides effective and relatively low cost resilience to heat impacts while improving community amenity and providing multiple benefits.