The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian program recognises the good environmental work undertaken by communities and industries to protect the Great Barrier Reef.
The program involves working closely with those who use and rely on the Reef, or its catchment, for recreation or business, to help build a healthier and more resilient Reef. The program demonstrates a hands-on, community-based approach can make a real difference to the health and resilience of the Reef. Reef Guardians are taking on voluntary actions beyond what is required by law and sharing information.
The Reef Guardian Schools program sees students, teachers, their communities and local environmental agencies make positive environmental changes for the marine environment. A key objective of the Reef Guardian Schools program is to create awareness, understanding and appreciation for the Reef and its connected ecosystems.
This fosters stewardship and promotes a community culture of custodianship for Reef protection. It empowers students and gives them a sense of involvement in the bigger picture and encourages them to make a positive difference.
Students team up with others in their community to actively participate in activities aimed at improving catchments, water quality, sustainability, and Reef health. This includes environmental and sustainability projects within their classrooms, their school grounds and local areas such as native habitat revegetation, cleaning up beaches and recycling.