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The decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Islands

The Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef Islands – Whole of Island Community Pilots

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Sandy Beach, Great Keppel

The Decarbonisation of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Islands – Whole of Island Community Pilots project is supporting prosperity in place by building Island communities’ capacity to understand how they can respond to climate change and transition to a low-carbon future.

As concerns about climate change grow, GBR resorts and island communities are being encouraged to look at ways to be more sustainable, reduce their emissions and better prepare for extreme weather.

Since January 2018, the Queensland Government has supported sustainability audits and business cases for 25 resorts across 20 islands.

Great Keppel Island, off the central Queensland coast, was the first to pilot a whole-of-island process of investigating and developing decarbonisation and resilience opportunities in consultation with the Great Keppel Island community.

In the next and final phase of the Decarbonising of the Great Barrier Reef Islands – Whole of Island Community pilots, the Department of the Environment and Science is working with 3 more GBR island communities—Palm Island, Magnetic Island, and Masig (Yorke) Island in the Torres Strait.

Key activities include an island-focused sustainability audit, identifying potential options to reduce emissions and build community resilience, and ultimately develop business cases for the most locally-favoured options.

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