Stretching over 2300 kilometres, you’re probably familiar with the Great Barrier Reef – the biggest living structure on earth as well as one of the most significant, right on Australia’s doorstep.
Along with the stunning coral and marine life, you’re probably also familiar with images of bleaching, the white coral now distressingly synonymous with the impacts of climate change and rising sea temperatures.
But what you might not be as familiar with are the visual dashboards helping track and tell the story of the world’s largest collective effort to help an ecosystem withstand the impacts of climate change. These dashboards are colourful, engaging and chock-full of data. Here’s how we got involved.
2018 saw the beginning of the Reef Trust Partnership, a six-year $443m partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, aimed at “achieving significant, measurable improvement in the health of the Great Barrier Reef”. Efforts range from improving the quality of water running into the Reef catchment, enhancing the engagement of Traditional Owners and the broader community in Reef protection, and trialling innovative approaches to reef restoration.
To date, more than 200 projects are underway with the support of over 400 partners, all working to improve the health of the Reef in this critical period of action. But the unprecedented scale of the investment – along with the sheer immensity and complexity of the Reef itself – represents one of the greatest challenges in meeting the Partnership’s goal.