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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“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
The Outback—the cathedral of Australia—is crumbling. So says pastoralist Michael Clinch, a veteran stockman whose family has been living and working on the land for four generations. A century of neglect has left much of the Outback, which covers more than 70 percent of the continent, wilting under stresses that include invasive species and wildfires. Hope for the area’s... Read More
Only a small number of vast natural landscapes—wild regions where ecological processes and the movement of wildlife function normally—remain on Earth. The Australian Outback is one of them. Read More