This collaborative effort is a fantastic outcome from the Orpheus Island Leadership and Reef Restoration workshop. In Australia restoration is done in separate ecosystems and with very little integration at a landscape level. The Ridge to Reef restoration work group aims to demonstrate at a local, small-scale catchment area how integrated restoration through multiple ecosystems from ridge-line, mangrove, seagrass and coral will improve social, ecological outcomes through positive partnerships, between Traditional Owners, community, industry, research and natural resource managers.
This fully integrated Ridge to Reef restoration project envisions a Traditional Owner-led Ridge to Reef Restoration pilot site.
So far the partners working together on this project are:
|Ecosure||Whitsunday Regional Council|
|Reef Ecologic||Manbarra People (Palm Island/Townsville)|
|C2O Consulting||Woppaburra People (Keppel Islands)|
|Blue Planet Marine||Reef Restoration Foundation|
We are looking at a couple of Pilot sites in Manbarra and Woppaburra country. However, Elders need to be consulted to finalise a site and to ensure there is buy-in from the Traditional Owners and the wider community. If you are interested in other Ridge to Reef projects that are happening internationally, please see here: https://www.iucn.org/theme/water/our-work/current-projects/ridge-reef