The Pew Charitable Trusts works with Indigenous 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.
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The Australian Government has released plans to reduce vital protections in the nation’s network of marine parks and sanctuaries, which is the largest in the world. At a time when other countries are increasing ocean protection, Australia is planning to remove sanctuaries that provide habitat for a vast array of marine life and improve ocean health in a variety of ways. Read More
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“If they don’t support us, we’re not going to be able to maintain this land.” Rarrtjiwuy Melanie Herdman, a 27-year-old Traditional Owner, is talking about Australia’s politicians and about the Outback, specifically Arnhem Land in the country’s far north, where Herdman has lived since birth. Read More