Rainforest Rescue, Great Barrier Reef Legacy and BioPak teamed up for this project to educate the public on the connectivity between the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
The Daintree rainforest lies in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. From Thornton Peak, the rainforest drops dramatically to the coast only 5kms away. Rivers and streams running through the rainforest flow into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The natural vegetation cover across the Daintree makes this one of very few places in the Wet Tropics where the rivers and creeks still run clear in the wet.
#rainforest2reef has been inspired, not only by the amazing and rich biodiversity and natural beauty, but also the proximity and connectivity of these two internationally important areas.
Working in partnership on Rainforest2Reef to help conserve these amazing places for future generations
The bleaching of coral from global warming has received international media coverage. In addition, sediments and chemicals from farming and mining are flowing off the land and onto the reef, impacting on natural systems. We are only just starting to learn about the complex interconnectivity of these systems. What’s clear is that intact rainforest landscapes promote healthy reefs that in turn protect marine biodiversity. Intact ecosystems also influence weather patterns, including rainfall which is vital for a healthy rainforest.
The aim of the #rainforest2reef campaign is to promote positive conservation action to reduce the impact on struggling ecosystems.