World first climate resilience strategy for Ningaloo

Western Australia’s spectacular Ningaloo Coast has become the first UNESCO World Heritage site to finalise a resilience strategy to adapt to climate change.

Taking a holistic view, it proposes actions to support thriving, resilient ecosystems, an educated and empowered community as well as sustainable development of this tourism hotspot.

Coral reefs are critically important ecosystems for the planet. Occupying less than one percent of the ocean floor, they support 25% of all marine life and the livelihoods and wellbeing of almost one billion people.

The Ningaloo Coast Resilience Strategy was developed through a community-driven process led by the Resilient Reefs initiative, supported by the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in consultation with the Baiyungu, Thalanyji and Yinikurtura Traditional Owners, scientists and local businesses.

The Ningaloo Coast, which has the world’s largest coral fringing reef, is one of four World Heritage sites participating. The others are the Lagoons of New Caledonia, Rock Island Southern Lagoon in Palau and Belize Barrier Reef.

Resilient Reefs is a global initiative to support coral reefs and the communities that depend on them to adapt to climate change and local threats. It is a collaboration between the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, UNESCO, The Nature Conservancy’s Reef Resilience Network, Columbia University’s Centre for Resilient Cities and Landscapes, Resilient Cities Catalyst and AECOM.

View the strategy here.