Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program

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The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) responds to the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef and presents actions to protect its values, health and resilience, while allowing ecologically sustainable use. The Reef 2050 Plan has been developed by the Australian and Queensland governments, together with its partners, including Traditional Owners, industry, scientists and communities, as an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef.

It follows recommendations from a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone. It also contains information from the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014.

A key part of the Reef 2050 Plan is the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.

This coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Reef and its adjacent catchment will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes. This will be a key input to assessing the effectiveness of the plan.

It will cover all aspects of the Reef’s environment including its natural and physical attributes, heritage values and its social, economic and cultural aspects.

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  • underpins the Reef 2050 Plan’s adaptive management approach, evaluating whether actions are on track to achieving targets
  • allows the early detection of trends and changes in the Reef’s environment; informs the assessment of key threats and future risks; and enables timely management responses
  • ensures investments are focused on actions that will effectively deliver measurable results
  • informs annual report cards and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s five-yearly Outlook Report, which will be the principal guide reviewing the Reef 2050 Plan
  • drives the coordination, alignment and integration of existing monitoring, modelling and reporting programs to capitalise on existing program investment, provide value for money, improve efficiency and avoid duplication of effort.

Initially, priority will be given to integrating existing programs and filling critical information gaps. For more information, contact the program managers.

Additional information

Program delivery and partners

The aim of the monitoring program is to achieve ‘a coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting framework for the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment.

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Ecosystem health

The Reef 2050 Plan includes targets and actions to maintain and enhance ecosystem health over successive decades. The program will measure the progress of the targets and actions for ecosystem health.

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Biodiversity

The Reef 2050 Plan includes targets and actions to protect and conserve biodiversity over successive decades. The program will measure the progress of the targets and actions for biodiversity.

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Heritage

The Reef 2050 Plan’s overarching vision and all themes consider the Reef’s heritage values including natural, aesthetic, historic, scientific, cultural, social and spiritual values.

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Water quality

The Reef 2050 Plan’s target is to ensure that there is no detrimental impact on the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef.

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Community benefits

The Reef 2050 Plan the aims to develop a shared understanding of community benefits derived from the Reef. An important step is further developing a long-term social and economic monitoring program.

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Economic benefits

The Reef 2050 Plan’s economic benefits theme focuses on improving and maintaining the ecological, social and economic sustainability of Reef-dependent and Reef-associated industries.

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Governance

The Reef 2050 Plan outlines actions, targets, objectives and outcomes to improve governance arrangements for Reef management.

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Reporting

Reporting on the implementation and effectiveness of the Reef 2050 Plan will occur regularly.

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