Research for a resilient Reef

About the Great Barrier Reef Foundation

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The Great Barrier Reef Foundation is fostering a resilient reef for all generations by catalysing and funding science that informs, encourages and inspires. The Foundation is the only independent, not-for-profit organisation in Australia dedicated solely to raising funds for scientific research into preserving the Great Barrier Reef.

Raine Island Recovery Project

A five year, $7.95M project to protect and restore the world’s largest green turtle breeding ground is the result of a unique collaboration between the Queensland Government, BHP Billiton, Traditional Owners and the Foundation.

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Conference helps locate new support for reef research

An opportunity for the Foundation to attend the Locate16 conference in Melbourne sparked a welcome offer of new IT resources and support to enhance the Foundation’s Raine Island Recovery Project.

Research sheds new light on bleaching tolerance

A new study has found Great Barrier Reef corals were able to survive past bleaching events because they were exposed to a pattern of gradually warming waters in the lead up to each episode. However, this protective pattern is likely to be lost under near future climate change scenarios.

In a paper published in Science, researchers from James Cook University, University of Queensland and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with funding from the Foundation, investigated what this warming pattern means for coral bleaching events into the future.


Coral Reefs 101

Learn more about coral reefs and the direct threats they face.

Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan

The Australian & Queensland governments released the Long-term Sustainability plan for the Great Barrier Reef. The plan has at its core the vision of ensuring the Reef continues to improve on its Outstanding Universal Value every decade between now and 2050, to be a natural wonder for each successive generation.


Read the Foundation's summary of the 2050 Plan

The plan is also accompanied by a series of briefing notes and infographics which can be found here:

Long term sustainability plan