The temperate southern coast of Australia is home to hundreds of bays and estuaries containing important habitats like shellfish reefs, mangrove forests, seagrass beds and saltmarshes. These places provide vital environmental services that nature and people need to survive – water filtration, fish production and shoreline protection — but are under threat. Through the Great Southern Seascapes program, TNC Australia is working to repair these coastal habitats and restore their critical natural services with a current focus on shellfish reef restoration.
TNC is partnering with government, recreational fishers, oyster growers, local communities, universities and corporations to advance a suite of projects including:
- Restoring shellfish reefs in Victoria, SA and WA
- Recycling shell from restaurants and wholesalers in Geelong, Victoria
- Quantifying the benefits of coastal habitats via Mapping Ocean Wealth with Deakin University, and
- Pioneering the use of Department of Infrastructure funds for “Natural Infrastructure”
While projects are building TNC’s coastal restoration expertise and making way for opportunities to leverage this work across federal, state, and private sector lines, Australian communities have limited access to information needed to plan for and implement nature-based risk reduction and adaptation projects. By connecting Coastal Resilience with TNC Australia’s marine habitat restoration presence and strong partnerships, this work can influence the future of coastal management in Australia.
Coastal Resilience Australia will be built in partnership with the Department of Environment, Land, Water, and Planning (DELWP) to:
- Provide regional consistency in terms of data and approach
- Allow for the inclusion of locally relevant data sets via the Community Planning App
- Incorporate government provided hazards and sea level rise datasets via web services
- Provide decision support at multiple scales
- Provide a connection to implementation information and guidance on Coast Adapt, a national informational resource developed by The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF)