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Palm Island community shows keen interest in Community Ranger proposal at workshop

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Key Points The Palm Island Community Ranger proposal is based on community ranger development principles proven to be very successful in high-challenge communities in Papua New Guinea’s borderlands with Australia The pilot ranger program to be launched by RRRC in partnership with the Manbarra people will train 20 rangers to deliver multiple new economic opportunities […]

Treaty Village Rangers share knowledge at Indigenous Ranger Forum

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Key points: A pair of Community Rangers from the Treaty Villages on Papua New Guinea’s borderlands with Australia have attended an indigenous ranger conference in Cairns The PNG rangers are making contacts and swapping knowledge with Australian indigenous Rangers including overcoming challenges for women and girls in low-development communities The rangers are employed under a […]

PNG-Australian border villages adapting to climate change: Making smart toilets a microbusiness

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A finished Ranger Family Toilet     Key points:   The Treaty Villages are a string of small fishing villages along the south coast of Papua New Guinea less than 4km from Australian territory and suffer from severe development barriers The Building Resilience in the Treaty Villages (BRTV) Program, a joint Australian-PNG culturally-based Community Rangers […]

RRRC welcomes appointment of new GBRMPA CEO

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The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre welcomes the announcement of the new Chief Executive Officer of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA). RRRC Managing Director Sheriden Morris said strong regional leadership for the Great Barrier Reef is crucial. “This is a challenging time for the Great Barrier Reef as the Reef recovers from […]

Jellyfish ‘early warning system’ to help avoid deadly stingers in FNQ

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Stings from venomous box jellyfish common in tropical waters are highly painful and can be fatal. The ability to predict when higher concentrations of jellyfish – known as ‘smacks’ – appear is an attractive prospect to scientists, surf lifesavers and tourism operators alike. NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub scientists have studied where and when swimmers […]

PNG Ranger program builds resilience in Torres Strait Treaty Villages

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An excellent story from Papua New Guinea’s foremost paper The Post-Courier. Detailing the Building Resilience in the Treaty Villages Program, which is administered by the RRRC. The program is achieving major positive humanitarian outcomes in the Treaty Villages on PNG’s southern border: https://postcourier.com.pg/ranger-program-builds-resilience-torres-strait-treaty-villages/

Nitrogen forum brings water quality scientists and cane farmers together

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In a step forward for Great Barrier Reef water quality, scientists and Far North Queensland cane growers will come together to discuss the latest innovations in nitrogen-based fertilizer management to protect both Great Barrier Reef and the sustainability of the sugar cane industry. Excess nitrogen in water flowing out from the Queensland coast can significantly […]

PNG rangers share skills at Cairns forum

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Two rangers from the Building Resilience in the Treaty Villages (BRTV) program in Papua New Guinea’s southern coastal villages have travelled to Australia to share and gain knowledge at a forum for indigenous rangers. The Indigenous Rangers Forum, held in Burketown over 4-6 September, brought together representatives of 72 indigenous ranger groups from all over […]

RRRC welcomes $500m funding for Great Barrier Reef

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The Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC), a Cairns-based environmental NGO, has welcomed the announcement of $500 million for Great Barrier Reef protection from the Australian Government in the 2018 Budget. It’s now time to invest in resilience and restoration strategies for the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as climate change and other health impacts continue […]

RRRC gets major boost as managing director Sheriden Morris appointed chair of CRC For Developing Northern Australia

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  RRRC’s managing director Sheriden Morris has been appointed the chairperson of the board of directors for the Cooperative Research Centre for Developing Northern Australia, a $75 million body that will assist businesses, governments and researchers to work together to identify opportunities for business and growth in northern Australia. See the media release below for […]

Keeping an eye on Big Wet runoff

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Every year, major rainfalls in FNQ turn the Barron River and other major watercourses a bright shade of ochre. They pick up mud and silt on their way to the ocean. This year, scientists and farmers are keeping a closer eye on the sediment-filled waters and their effects on the Great Barrier Reef. Read more

Another honour for the far north

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As the first of David Attenborough’s TV program on the Great Barrier Reef aired last night, an Aboriginal art book by a Cairns artist and author, Munganbana Norman Miller, and Adelaide based RenBro Publishing, is the proud recipient of a Bronze Medal from the internationally prestigious and globally recognized Independent Publisher Book Awards – IPPY […]

Long-lasting changes in water clarity in the whole-GBR in response to rivers

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NERP TE Hub Project 4.1 Katharina Fabricius’s paper “Changes in water clarity in response to river discharges on the Great Barrier Reef continental shelf: 2002–2013” is now available online here as open access. Highlights The 344,000 km2 Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is located on a shallow continental shelf. We show wide-spread, long-lasting losses in GBR […]

Rivers of red threaten the future of the reef

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It’s going to take the reinvention of 10,000 farms to improve water quality and repair the Great Barrier Reef, and there’s new evidence that sediment from farms producing Australia’s favourite fruit—bananas—is a growing part of the problem. The bold plan to fix the reef will cost billions but is already facing funding cuts. Gregg Borschmann […]

Give aquaculture a fair go

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The original drafting of the Great Barrier Reef Aquaculture Regulations, did what they were meant to do protect the Great Barrier Reef and the biosecurity for the aquaculture industry. As the then-Director for Water Quality at the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, it was my job to draft these Regulations. Read more

Seychelles Must Control Crown-of-Thorns Starfish Outbreak Before Coral Reefs Are Decimated, Says Expert

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Beau-Vallon — Increasing levels of human development in Seychelles coupled with rising sea temperatures have caused an outbreak of venomous starfish that feed on delicate coral reefs, and unless concerted action is taken soon, a large number of reefs within the inner granitic islands of the archipelago could be entirely lost. Read more

Daintree Rainforest Observatory opens

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A new world-class research centre and observatory focusing on the Daintree Rainforest has been opened today. The Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Daintree Rainforest Observatory was built with $9.7 million from the Australian Government and that it will build on the work already done by James Cook University’s (JCU) Australian Canopy Crane Research […]

Cairns divers told two spikes and you’re out in quest to stop crown-of-thorns starfish

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DIVERS trying to eliminate crown-of-thorns starfish from the Great Barrier Reef will be sacked if they get twice stung by the animals’ venomous spines. The Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators has implemented the tough new “two spikes and you’re out” policy after workplace, health and safety concerns about the venomous creatures. Read more

New partnership to support communities in PNG

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The Australian Government will provide $1.85 million to a two-year pilot program promoting economic and community development and disease prevention in Papua New Guinea’s Western Province. The program is the product of a new partnership between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Cairns-based Reef and Rainforest Research Centre (RRRC). Read the full […]