Hon Virginia Chadwick AO

Formerly Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

In 1922 the Australian Coral Reef Society was established as the first association in the world specifically concerned with the study, research and conservation of coral reefs. Over decades the Society's work has contributed significantly to our understanding of the Great Barrier Reef.

Increased knowledge and understanding is critical if students are to feel encouraged and inspired to follow careers in research or management of coral reef ecosystems.

For those in government, or in organisations such as the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the results of scientific research provide both a catalyst and a foundation for policy responses to identified threats and challenges.

Additionally, through conferences, lectures, and the media, the Society provides the broad Australian community with independent and expert information about the issues impacting on a great Australian icon.

This book, 'The Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management', published by CSIRO Publishing, continues to explain, inform and educate. It will be valued by non experts, students and researchers.

Those who have contributed are recognised as Australian experts in their field and each chapter has been peer reviewed. The end of each chapter lists 'Additional reading' relevant to the chapter. More references are available at at http://www.australiancoralreefsociety. org/GBR_book.htm [Verified 21 March 2008].

I commend the Australian Coral Reef Society for this initiative that provides such a wealth of information in an accessible form.

For those who care for the Great Barrier Reef this book provides confirmation of the continuing need for sound science and informed management if the reef, as we know it, is to survive current and future challenges.

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