The Daintree rainforest lies in the heart of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. From Thornton Peak, the rainforest drops dramatically to the coast only 5kms away. Rivers and streams running through the rainforest flow into the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. The natural vegetation cover across the Daintree makes this one of very few places in the Wet Tropics where the rivers and creeks still run clear in the wet.
The bleaching of coral from global warming has received international media coverage. In addition, sediments and chemicals from farming and mining are flowing off the land and onto the reef, impacting on natural systems. We are only just starting to learn about the complex interconnectivity of these systems. What’s clear is that intact rainforest landscapes promote healthy reefs that in turn protect marine biodiversity. Intact ecosystems also influence weather patterns, including rainfall which is vital for a healthy rainforest.
The aim of the #rainforest2reef campaign is to promote positive conservation action
to reduce impact on struggling ecosystems.