The Australian Institute of Marine Science is Australia’s premiere tropical marine research agency. It plays a pivotal role in providing large-scale, long-term and world-class research that helps governments, industry and the wider community to make informed decisions about the management of Australia’s marine estate.
The Ecological Society of Australia Ltd (ESA) is the peak group of ecologists in Australia, with over 1500 members from all states and territories. It aims to create a community of knowledge and understanding amongst ecologists, and reach out to those working in related fields.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority has fundamental obligation to protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and the World Heritage Area. The Authority strives to ensure all human uses of the Park are ecologically sustainable and that the ecosystem's natural functions, especially resilience, are maintained.
The Convention on Biological Diversity was inspired by the world community's growing commitment to sustainable development. It represents a dramatic step forward in the conservation of biological diversity, the sustainable use of its components, and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources.
GBIF—the Global Biodiversity Information Facility—is an open-data research infrastructure funded by the world’s governments and aimed at providing anyone, anywhere access to data about all types of life on Earth.
The UN Atlas of the Oceans is an Internet portal providing information relevant to the sustainable development of the oceans. It is designed for policy-makers who need to become familiar with ocean issues and for scientists, students and resource managers who need access to databases and approaches to sustainability. The UN Atlas can also provide the ocean industry and stakeholders with pertinent information on ocean matters.
The Regional Seas Programme, launched in 1974, is one of UNEP’s most significant achievements in the past four decades. The Programme aims to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through a “shared seas” approach – namely, by engaging neighbouring countries in comprehensive and specific actions to protect their common marine environment.