Having locals identify environmental research needs for their own community is a key step to ensuring that research is relevant, appropriate and desirable for communities.

Dr. Rosemary Hill is the Research Team Leader, Geography, Human Ecology and Sustainability Science Group at CSIRO Cairns. Dr. Hill is a human geographer specialising in collaborative environmental governance and planning research with communities at multiple scales to foster social-ecological sustainability, with a particular focus on Indigenous systems. Her research interests lie in strategic natural resource governance and planning, specialising in biodiversity, sustainability, Indigenous and protected areas.

The reefs of Torres Strait are threatened by a variety of local and global agents: notably climate change (widespread coral bleaching was recorded for the first time in 2010), but also by the coral feeding crown-of-thorns starfish and increasing levels of coral diseases.
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