The Great Barrier Reef's most precious land and sea-scapes will be protected and restored in the face of climate change through the $14 million Reef Island Refuge Initiative.
Over the next 10 years, the Foundation will work with partners to create a network of climate change refuges on five Great Barrier Reef islands or island groups. The project will develop a tailored program of on-ground climate adaptation and restoration actions for each island, aiming to boost resilience and provide a safe habitat for seabirds, turtles, corals and other marine species in the face of a changing climate.
Each island's program will vary, but could include elements such as developing detailed resilience and habitat maps for the island and its adjoining coral reefs; climate change impact modelling; piloting novel monitoring technologies such as acoustics, drones, under and above water automated vehicles, thermal imaging, and machine learning; on-ground adaptation and restoration; and carbon mitigation.
Programs will be developed in collaboration with our project partners including the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA), Queensland Government including Queensland Parks and Wildlife, island based businesses and communities, and science organisations.