Reef Guardians connect coral and catchment

Published: 21/06/2012

The links between our coastal communities and the creatures and corals of the Great Barrier Reef are the focus of this year's educational resources for Reef Guardian Schools.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) 2012 Reef Beat education series teaches students of all ages about the connection between the inshore, marine and coastal ecosystems.

GBRMPA Reef Guardians Director Karen Vohland said it was important to protect the gamut of ecosystems in the Great Barrier Reef Region and acknowledged their interactivity.

"The inshore ecosystems are under pressure and conserving our biodiversity is essential for safeguarding the long-term health of the Reef," Ms Vohland said.

"The relationship between species and habitats is what make the Reef one of the most complex natural systems on the planet.

"Through the ongoing work of Reef Guardians and projects such as Reef Beat, we are raising awareness about the importance and beauty of the Reef, as well as the impacts of pressures such as coastal development, population growth and climate change."

Nine of the posters join together to form a broad view of the biodiversity of the inshore Great Barrier Reef.

A range of curriculum-linked activities based on concepts, species and ecosystems featured in the posters, have been designed to get students thinking about biodiversity and the steps we can all take to protect it.

The series is called The Inshore Great Barrier Reef – Bursting with Biodiversity and will be distributed to the 285 schools in the Reef Guardian Schools program.

The Great Barrier Reef catchment covers an area of 424,000 km2 and contains a diverse variety of landscapes and land uses.

The Reef Guardian stewardship program is run by GBRMPA and promotes schools, councils, fishers, farmers and graziers who are taking action to ensure long-term environmental benefits for the Reef.

The 2012 Reef Beat series is available on the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority website.

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Contact: (07) 4750 0846