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.
Our WorkView All
Australia is leading the way in Indigenous land and sea management by using ranger groups to manage protected areas across the country through two important programs: Working on Country and Indigenous Protected Areas (IPAs). These programs help manage the health of the Outback while also delivering important economic and social benefits to Indigenous people. Read More
It’s no secret that we West Australians are achievers. We are resourceful, pioneering, and independent by nature. These character traits helped us become famous overseas, picking up Olympic gold medals, Oscars, and even, arguably, the gong for creating the pavlova. Read More