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The Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water, Mark Butler, has released a media statement announcing that the Rudd Government has committed $930,000 to Indigenous organisations and traditional owners across Queensland to manage marine turtles, dugongs and sea-country.
Under this second round of Caring for our country grants administered in partnership with the Queensland Government, eight projects will be supported to undertake a range of activities including sea country planning, managing threats to species, leadership forums as well as raising sustainability awareness in the community.
Mr Butler said with rising seawater temperatures and an increase in extreme weather events due to climate change, programs to understand and protect Australian sea-country were vital to the long-term future of our natural marine life.
Source: Federal Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Water
For more information about climate change and Indigenous communities, see the emergency management and caring for country sections of the Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet web resource for Environmental Health Practitioners.