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Great Barrier Reef Foundation
The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is saving the world’s largest coral reef and its marine life for future generations.
The Great Barrier Reef is an irreplaceable ecosystem, home to thousands of species of marine life, including fish, dolphins, and six of the world’s seven species of marine turtle. This unique icon is the largest living thing on Earth, with rich corals spanning an area visible from space. It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world and attracts two million visitors every year. But the Reef and its marine life are facing a growing combination of threats. Climate change and rising water temperatures, poorer water quality from sediment run-off and pollution, as well as more severe cyclones and crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks, are just some of the threats creating a perfect storm for the Reef and the marine life that depends on it.
Saving the Reef is a huge task, but there’s hope.
As the charity for the Great Barrier Reef, the Foundation leads to action and collaboration, bringing together people and science to deliver the world’s largest reef restoration program and more than 60 Reef-saving projects including:
- Saving the endangered green turtle by working to restore the world’s largest remaining green turtle nesting ground on Raine Island
- Restoring critical Reef island habitats starting with the home of the manta ray, Lady Elliot Island on the southern Great Barrier Reef, and the world-famous Whitsundays
- Working with coral reef communities globally and international partners including UNESCO to build the resilience of five World Heritage Reef sites and the communities that depend on them – building their capacity to adapt to an uncertain future and combat the effects of climate change and local threats
- Delivering the landmark six-year Reef Trust Partnership program to achieve a significant improvement in Great Barrier Reef health by:
- improving the Reef’s water quality,
- controlling crown-of-thorns starfish outbreaks,
- delivering the world’s largest coral reef restoration and adaption science program,
- enabling and expanding Traditional Owner and community Reef protection, and
- pioneering new technology to more effectively and accurately monitor and report on Reef health.
Right now we’re making an impact, but there’s a lot more to do. Everyone has a role to play.
Last Updated: 20 July 2020