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The Cairns Airport is nestled behind an extensive mangrove wetland to the south and bordered by the Barron River and Redden Island to the north. This system is home to multiple species of mangroves and provides habitat for many animals from crabs to fish and even some endangered bird species.
Cairns Airport is among the busiest in the country and is the gateway for domestic and international tourists who visit the area largely to experience the Great Barrier Reef and World Heritage Rainforest. The airport takes environmental management seriously, as Environmental Manager Lucy Friend explains in this episode.
The airport has recently upgraded it's environmental management system (EMS), undertaken clean-ups of the mangrove areas and is hosting a mangrove walk on World Wetland Day, 2 Feb 2019.
Podcast Timestamps00:47 Exploring the Cairns Airport mangrove boardwalk. 01:24 What wildlife might we see along the boardwalk? 05:16 About some of the important species found around the airport. 06:00 The "Ant Plant" and it's symbiosis with insects. 07:33 The airport EMS and how it fits with the Airports environmental targets and priorities. 09:17 The value of the mangrove system in offsetting airline emissions.
11:44 Environmental challenges faced by the Cairns Airport.15:07 World Wetlands Day event at the Cairns Airport Boardwalk.