Welcome to our first issue of ozEEnews for 2018!

At the 31st General Meeting (November 2016 in Paris), the International Coral Reef Initiative declared 2018 as the third International Year of the Reef.

In this Issue, we wanted to play our part in strengthening awareness about the value of, and threats to, coral reefs and associated ecosystems and promote partnerships between our membership.

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We’ve included some great examples of reef education programs for professional development (pictured, see p5) and in the classroom (p6).

President Mark Caddey shares his thoughts on the modern politic of the ever-changing landscape of environmental education policy and the community’s role (p2).

It’s also worth noting some great events coming up this year:

World Environment Day on June 5 is focusing on plastic pollution with their campaign hashtag #beatplasticpollution (p10) and dates for SeaWeek are also announced (p13).

Registrations for our AAEE 2018 National Conference on the Gold Coast will open soon and we have an opportunity for you to Win a ticket and accommodation package to Waste 2018 in May (p16).

Make sure you check out what’s been happening across our state chapters and branches from page 12.

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Happy reading!

Alison, Editor