Existing protection and management
Incidents such as this grounding off Lady Elliot Island trigger a multi-agency response
7.1.3 Management approaches and tools
In protecting and managing the Region, three main management approaches are used: • Environmental regulation: management tools such as regulations, zoning plans, management plans, permits and licences, and compliance are used to establish the statutory arrangements and environmental standards necessary to protect and manage the Reef. • Engagement: managing agencies work with Traditional Owners, the community, business, industry and local government to influence best practice and encourage actions that will help secure the future health of the Reef. • Knowledge, integration and innovation: management is based on the best available science as well as drawing on traditional ecological knowledge and information from the wider community, and is informed by the results of ongoing monitoring. Each of these approaches is explicitly assessed in Section 7.4. They were not assessed in the Outlook Report 2009. A wide range of tools is employed to implement these approaches: • Acts and Regulations • zoning plans
A wide range of tools is employed in protecting and managing the Region.
• management plans • permits and licences (including environmental impact assessment and measures to avoid, mitigate and offset impacts) • Traditional Owner agreements • compliance • site infrastructure • fees and charges • policy (including strategies, policies, position statements, site management arrangements and guidelines) • partnerships • stewardship and best practice • education and community awareness • research and monitoring • reporting. Each management tool is employed to address a number of topics and a combination of tools is applied to each topic (Table 7.1). In the assessment, all of the relevant tools are considered for each management topic.