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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To successfully protect the environment, many stakeholders must work together, give local communities control over conservation initiatives, and respect indigenous cultures and practices. The wide range of conservation wins in 2017 shows what’s possible when political and advocacy leaders recognize and act on those truths. Here are some of the year’s highlights showing how The Pew... Read More
The Outback of South Australia is a rugged, arid mosaic of desert, plains, and mountains. The region is home to vast and sparse landscapes, small communities, and fascinating wildlife, including the shingleback lizard and a tiny member of the kangaroo family, the burrowing bettong. Read More
Queensland, the second-largest state in Australia, is home to an extraordinary diversity of native plants and animals, and largely intact landscapes. From the dense tropical rainforests of Cape York to the open grasslands of western Queensland, the state is home to nearly 10,000 plant species, more than any other state in Australia. Scientists discover an average of 20 new plant species in... Read More