From 2014-2017, the Great Barrier Reef Citizen Science Alliance (GBRCSA) evolved as a unique and trusted network that fosters collaboration, capacity building, advancement and action for citizen science that benefits the Great Barrier Reef.
The initiative has been a distinctive project for the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, who has hosted the initiative from 2014-mid 2017, supported by corporate partner Boeing. With the end of the three-year project commitment, a long-term solution was required to continue hosting the Alliance network into the future.
Conservation Volunteer’s Australia’s (CVA) One Reef program offers a platform to strategically connect CVA’s priority regional activity sites in the catchment with complementary citizen science marine monitoring to measure outcomes or undertake complementary restoration activities. Linking One Reef and Alliance members offes an opportunity to connect catchment and marine citizen science programs, fostering opportunities to create comprehensive programs that meet key management, policy, and community needs.
Allliance members offer a complimentary marine-focused element to enhance the One Reef goal to mobilise communities to make a practical and tangible on ground difference to the health of Queensland's reefs. Together the programs can create new collaborative opportunities to deliver strategic, community-based catchment to coral projects that align with policy and natural resource management priorities.
Project plans focus on 5 key areas designed to integrate with the four key One Reef hub regions (Cairns, Townsville, Mackay/Whitsundays, and Gladstone/Fitzroy), as well as South East Queensland (SEQ). To formally recognise new partnership areas and the geographic extent of Alliance member activities, the Alliance has revised our scope and a name to match. We're officially the Reef Citizen Science Alliance!