[...]scientists and other authorities have reported that such coral bleachings are part of a continuous trend that has been affecting tropical regions since 2014.4 Other events have also challenged the reef in recent times. [...]knowledge of the reef has developed in different ways, shaped by different cultural traditions and environmental conditions. According to the Gungganyji, this inundation was a divine punishment for trespassing against food customs, which drowned the perpetrator's family and dispersed the local peoples 'to their present-day territories'.8 Today, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority co-manages the area off the Queensland coast, drawing on both Western science and the traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous peoples that has been forged over thousands of years. [...]the editors thank James Beattie and the University of Melbourne for supporting the publication of this special issue. 1 David Attenborough's Great Barrier Reef, Atlantic Productions (2015), aired on ABC TV on 10, 17 and 24 April 2016
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- Great Barrier Reef
- Climate change
- Native peoples
- Coral reefs