Existing protection and management
Managing external factors
7.3.9 Climate change
This assessment considers the topic of climate change in relation to proactive and adaptive management measures undertaken specifically to protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef. Any broader state, national and global initiatives to address climate change, including mitigation and adaptation activities, are not considered. Assessing the overall effectiveness of the Reef-specific activities is challenging, as the ultimate outcomes for the Region’s values depend heavily on the effectiveness of broader initiatives.
There is sound Region-scale management for climate change; management focus has declined on a broader scale.