Expert Profile

Barry Traill

Director, Outback Australia
The Pew Charitable Trusts

Barry Traill joined Pew in 2007 as director of Outback Australia, a joint program of Pew and the Nature Conservancy. He works with partner organizations to obtain protection for large wilderness areas in Australia on land and sea.

Before joining Pew, Traill worked for 25 years as a conservation advocate and scientist for Australian state and national organizations. He dealt with private land conservation issues with Trust for Nature, Victoria and on public land conservation issues with the Victoria National Parks Association, Environment Victoria and the Wilderness Society. He was instrumental in establishing nationally coordinated work on the protection of Australian woodlands, including legislation that sharply reduced deforestation rates in Australia. He was a founder of the Northern Australia Environment Alliance and the Invasive Species Council.

Traill holds a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in terrestrial ecology from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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April 19, 2012

Marine Park Plan for Kimberley

Barry Traill, director of the Australia Program, praises the creation of Camden Sound Marine Park as an important step in establishing the Kimberley coast as an international tourism and conservation icon.

December 9, 2011

Protection of Cooper's Creek, Georgina, and Diamantina Rivers Hailed as Momentous

The Queensland Government’s announcement today to permanently protect the Cooper’s Creek, Georgina, and Diamantina rivers is momentous for western Queensland, said the Western Rivers Alliance, a coalition of regional organisations, graziers, and conservation groups.

September 28, 2011

The Battle for Australia's Water - Part II

Public Radio International’s The World radio program featured Pew Environment Group Australia’s efforts to protect the natural river systems of the country’s Channel Country region and interviewed program director BJ Traill for the segment.

December 24, 2010

Indigenous 'Rangers' Blaze a Trail for Sustainability

Developing human resources in the north is as vital as gas or mines, Barry Traill writes.

July 14, 2010

Outback Key to Cutting Emissions

An article in the Herald Sun about the huge amount of carbon found in the Australian Outback through a Pew and Nature Conservancy study.

July 13, 2010

New Study Finds Australia's Outback to be a Significant 'Carbon Bank'

A new study commissioned by The Nature Conservancy and the Pew Environment Group found that Australia’s vast Outback stores 9.7 billion tons of carbon, and if better managed, the area could store even greater levels that would help the country meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets.

June 29, 2010

Oil Industry Report Looming

As oil continues to seep into the Gulf of Mexico, a report will be released soon detailing the effects of the Montara oil spill in Australia.

October 30, 2009

Gas Leak Makes Two in the Timor Sea

A segment from PM with Mark Colvin that discusses a second gas leak into the Timor Sea off of Australia.

October 5, 2009

Massive ‘Green Carbon’ Store in Western Australia’s Goldfields

New research shows Great Western Woodlands a valuable asset in Australia’s and WA’s fight against rising emissions and climate change.

September 24, 2009

Landmark Agreements Conserve Indigenous Treasures in Northern Australia

The Australian Federal Government and traditional landowners signed the first of two agreements today establishing two immense and globally significant conservation reserves on indigenous lands in the Northern Territory of Australia.

September 16, 2009

Oil Slick Clean Up

A segment from PM with Mark Colvin that discusses a oil spill in the Timor Sea off of Australia.

March 4, 2009

Graziers and Conservationists Call on Queensland Parties to Protect Channel Country Rivers

Grazier and conservation groups today announced a powerful alliance seeking protection for Queensland’s Channel Country Rivers in the Lake Eyre Basin.

November 18, 2008

Western Australia's Kimberley Region Needs More Than Starring Role in 'Australia' Film

With the release of the film "Australia" it's a strong reminder that is now is the time to act protect one of Australia's outback icons - the Kimberley.

 

August 27, 2008

Wild About Us: Untouched Land Equal to Amazon

The Sydney Morning Herald reports on a study of Australia's wilderness areas conducted by the Pew Environment Group and The Nature Conservancy.

August 27, 2008

Australia Ranks in Top 5 Most Significant Wild Areas on Earth

New study finds 40 percent of Australia unspoilt but facing major threats

July 23, 2007

Global Conservation Groups Announce Major Effort to Protect Australia’s Bush, Deserts & Oceans

Two international conservation groups, the Pew Environment Group and The Nature Conservancy, have announced the creation of the Wild Australia Program, a $14 million, three-year effort to conserve Australia’s bush, desert and oceans.

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