Taking an active role in assessing and protecting the mangroves fringing Daintree's rainforests and Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The exotic Daintree River, with its unique combination of World Heritage rainforests and Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef, is a haven for rich mangrove forests and crystal-clear waters. Exploring the river by boat and on foot, participants assessed the condition of the fringing mangrove habitats by conducting surveys, filming the shoreline, measuring habitats, and conducting field biomass assessments.
They met with the Kuku Yalanji people, the traditional inhabitants of this area, at Mossman Gorge and learned about indigenous cultural heritage, the dreamtime narrative of the rainforest, and the people’s special relationship with the environment. The Kuku Yalanji people described traditional uses of rainforest plants, identified bush food sources, shared their legends, and explained the history and significance of cave paintings.
On this research project, participants helped gather valuable information on the health of one of Australia’s iconic estuarine systems, which was used to develop a national strategy for more effective management of valuable coastal tidal wetlands faced with climate change and local human pressures.