Reef and Rainforest Education Foundation
The primary objectives for the Reef and Rainforest Education Foundation are:
To educate the general public and increase awareness to respect, protect and conserve the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s tropical rainforest.
To undertake, facilitate and assist those undertaking: conservation works; catchment area rehabilitation works; and other climate change mitigation initiatives.
To protect the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s tropical rainforest; and to provide assistance and facilitate persons undertaking conservation works, climate change mitigation initiatives to protect the Great Barrier Reef and Queensland’s tropical rainforest.
The Foundation will achieve its objectives through short, mid, and long term actual physical initiatives to drive tangible environmental differences. These will consist of:
Short term initiatives –
Development and facilitate educational presentations (daily verbal presentations and static interpretive displays) at the Cairns Aquarium & Reef Research Centre to let the public know about the impacts people are having on the Great Barrier Reef and the environment at-large and educate people about the behavioural changes individuals can make to use less energy, water, and waste to help drive environmental protection.
Mid-term initiatives –
Design, Development, Installation and commissioning of a 300 k/w renewable energy solar array at the Cairns Aquarium to facilitate a 15% reduction in on-site fossil fuel use in a Great Barrier Reef catchment located major user facility.
Development and establishment of an interactive digital and static display accessible to the public that provides information about Green House Gas Emissions, Climate change, Global Warming, Coral bleaching, and the positive impacts renewable energy deployment and reduction of energy use from fossil fuels can have in reducing CO2 emissions. Live digital monitoring of the 300 k/w solar array will provide minute by minute display of the Green House Gas emission reduction and carbon offset taking place directly from the solar array.
Reduction of run off of pesticides to Great Barrier Reef catchment tributaries from agricultural land use
Reduction of nitrogen rich fertilisers to Great Barrier Reef catchment tributaries from agricultural land use
Reduction of phosphates to Great Barrier Reef catchment tributaries from agricultural land use
Improvement of soil quality and erosion prevention through re-forestation
Increased wildlife corridors and biodiversity through re-forestation
Reduction in monoculture from agricultural land use
Increased CO2 sequestration through re-forestation efforts
Long term initiatives –
Purchase of free hold agricultural land and significant re-forestation of these lands to meet several key Great Barrier Reef and Climate change initiatives:Pilot demonstration of community led efforts to increase re-forestation of the overall forested areas of the Wet Tropics and habitats that adjoin the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.