Reef Trust Partnership Update | May 2019
Projects gear up for local action

This month we take a look at what’s been happening behind the scenes on some of the projects that have received funding from the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the GBRF_
MangroveWatch filming in Cairns – volunteers wanted

Did you know that mangroves are considered the ‘kidneys’ of the Reef?

The Cairns and Far North Environment Centre is working with citizen scientist Mangrove Watchers to monitor local mangroves as key indicators of environmental impact and the health of the waterways. The group has released this video highlighting mangrove importance.

Volunteers are needed to help film mangrove shorelines to create a geotagged visual record of the habitat condition that can be directly compared over time. This data will also be used to identify hot-spots for on-ground investment in rehabilitation and management.
Grazier pioneers invited to join Reef project

Queensland graziers can sign on for a program that not only improves water quality for the Reef but also improves land condition and builds a more profitable and resilient farming operation.
Reef Water Quality Improvement grant recipient Project Pioneer is calling on graziers from the Johnstone, Herbert, Burdekin, O’Connell, Fitzroy, Burnett and Mary River catchments to join the program run by Resource Consulting Services.

Project Pioneer works with the graziers to promote regenerative grazing operations to increase ground cover in grazing lands and reduce sediment in runoff to the Great Barrier Reef. In addition to the improved water quality entering the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, positive environmental outcomes from the program will include less carbon loss from soils, greater biodiversity on-farm (particularly soil and aquatic life), and increased landscape resilience to the effects of climate change. 
Training the next generation of Reef champions

The team from Lady Musgrave Experience along with the Gidarjil Development Corporation, Bundaberg Regional Council, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and CoralWatch are looking to uncover and train the next generation of Reef champions for the Bundaberg region.

Anyone can contribute to the management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park as a citizen scientist. The project will not only empower the next generation of Reef champions to collect more data through the CoralWatch and Eye on the Reef programs, but also establish a long term, ongoing community conservation and monitoring culture.
Cane Changer program hits the ground running

In its first two months, more than 60 sugarcane growers across Queensland have engaged in project activities and workshops held by Project Cane Changer, a CANEGROWERS initiative funded by the Reef Trust Partnership.
The project works with growers to recognise them for their commitment to protecting the environment and accelerate the adoption of farming practices known to improve water quality running out into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.

Record-keeping, Smartcane BMP and the role of women in the industry are just a few of the many topics covered in the first two months of project activities.
In the news
Stage 2 Monitoring and Evaluation Plan online

The second stage of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan for the Reef Trust Partnership has been completed and is available on the GBRF website. The plan documents a framework for measuring and assessing the performance of the Reef Trust Partnership as a whole and through the individual components to demonstrate accountability, ensure key challenges are addressed, continue adapting to changing conditions, and ensure sustained benefits are delivered to the Reef in line with the Reef 2050 Plan.

This joins the other 10 plans outlining the framework, governance and strategic focus of the Reef Trust Partnership.

The final Monitoring and Evaluation Plan, describing in further detail indicators, targets and monitoring strategies at the Partnership and Component levels, will be published in early July.
Traditional Owners co-design Reef plans

 Traditional Owners from Reef catchment areas gathered in Townsville this month to help shape the largest single investment in Traditional Owner Reef protection under the Reef Trust Partnership and to lay the foundations for the ongoing co-design of Reef protection activities. The outcomes from the workshop are informing the work plan for activities in the 2019-2020 year and beyond.
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