Commonwealth Islands resilience projects

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is taking significant action to enhance the outlook for the Reef in the face of threats like climate change and declining water quality.

For Commonwealth Islands, the agency is working towards ensuring the islands are environmentally sustainable with a minimal carbon footprint.

Being carbon neutral, or having a zero carbon footprint, involves eliminating carbon emissions by balancing the amount of carbon released with an equivalent amount offset.

Work has already commenced on Low Isles, where renewable energies, solar panels and environmentally-friendly fuels have been adopted.

Similar work is underway on Lady Elliot Island with the construction of a new hybrid power station as well as several other measures for reducing the carbon emissions of visitors to the island.

Developing a resilient and adaptive management framework involves coordinating the best available information and resources from a variety of expert, government and community sources. This helps inform management planning, implementation and outcomes.

  • Free zoning app

    Zoning maps

    If you're heading out on the water, download and use the free zoning app so you know where you can go and what you can do.

  • Important milestone

    40 years anniversary

    We're delighted to celebrate the 40 years of the managing the Great Barrier Reef.

  • Visit the Reef

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    Visit our Great Barrier Reef and discover its amazing animals, plants, and habitats.

  • What you can do

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    Everyone has a role to play in protecting our Great Barrier Reef. Find out what you can do to help protect this great Australian icon.

  • Report marine strandings


    If you see sick, dead or stranded marine animals please call RSPCA QLD 1300 ANIMAL (1300 264 625)

  • Climate Change and the Great Barrier Reef

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    A Vulnerability Assessment: of the issues that could have far-reaching consequences for the Great Barrier Reef.