Reef have your say
Consultation closed – draft strategic assessment
Public Consultation on the draft strategic assessment for the Great Barrier Reef closed on Friday 31 January 2014 after a three-month comment period.
Our draft reports look at the Reef’s values, threats and what we need to do to protect it, including a 25-year management plan for the Reef.
There were almost 6600 submissions received, including 372 online (survey), one postal, 314 emails (117 attachments) and 5871 campaign-style emails. This feedback is important and will be considered before the final reports are prepared.
In addition, a report on the submissions will be published online.
In June 2014, the final strategic assessment reports will be submitted to the Federal Environment Minister for approval.
Once approved the program report, which outlines how we’ll manage the Great Barrier Reef for the next 25 years, forms the basis of our future management.
These final reports will be officially launched and published to our website.
The strategic assessment looks at the marine environment and adjacent coastal zone, examining how natural and heritage values can be protected into the future.
It shows the northern third of the Great Barrier Reef region is in good condition, but inshore areas below Cooktown are in decline.
Proposed actions include restoring and reconnecting coastal ecosystems linked to the health of the Reef and a net benefit policy to ensure activities produce an overall benefit to its condition.
There’s also a focus on considering cumulative impacts – multiple impacts from multiple sources - when assessing applications for future developments in or adjacent to the Marine Park.
This work forms part of the Australian Government's response to the World Heritage Committee's concerns about the impacts of development on the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
A summary of the Great Barrier Reef Region (marine) Strategic Assessment and the Program Report.Read more on GBR Region Strategic Assessment draft report - In Brief (1MB)
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