Outback Australia

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The Pew Charitable Trusts works with Aboriginal people, scientists, conservation organisations, industry, and government agencies to conserve Australia’s critical natural landscapes and marine habitats. These efforts include advocating for the inclusion of new areas in the National Reserve System, such as national parks and Indigenous Protected Areas; the funding of conservation management activities; and the creation of sanctuaries for marine life.

Australia’s Outback is the country’s vast, wild, beautiful heartland. It is a region of stark contrasts, alternately lush and inhospitable. It supports people, jobs, and economies as well as a landscape rich in biodiversity and filled with some of the world’s most unusual plants and animals.

The Outback is one of the few large-scale natural regions left on Earth, and the oceans that surround Australia are no less exceptional. The waters off the Kimberley coast provide a large and healthy haven for sharks, dolphins, turtles, whales, and dugong—a mammal closely related to the manatee. In fact, approximately 9 out of 10 marine species found along the southwest coast live only in that area. The Coral Sea, next to the Great Barrier Reef, is one of the world’s last refuges for ocean giants such as tuna and billfish; its reef systems, such as the Osprey, remain healthy and intact.

Our Work

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  • The Effects of Underwater Noise on Marine Life

    Vision is often compromised in the ocean by poor light and turbidity, making sound an essential tool for marine life in their communication, navigation, and detection of predators and prey. Consequently, man-made noise from industries such as shipping and hydrocarbon exploration can be detrimental to fish, whales, and other ocean life. Read More

  • Conservation and Development Aren’t Opposing Ideas

    On Friday 7 August the Australian Financial Review ran a story stating that The Pew Charitable Trusts was funding a legal challenge against the Carmichael coal mine in Queensland. Read More

  • We Are All Caretakers of Our Oceans

    The 30-minute film documents the experiences of people living and working close to sanctuaries for marine life. From Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia and Maria Island in Tasmania to the Great Barrier Reef and New South Wales coast, each of the reserves featured in the film is a world-class example of conservation and recreation interests working hand-in-hand. The sanctuaries, established more... Read More

Creating a Modern Outback

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Paul Sheridan

Manager, Communications