Program delivery and partners

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The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is being used to track the progress of outcomes outlined in the Reef 2050 Plan, the Australian and Queensland governments’ long-term plan for Reef protection.

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.’

The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum oversees the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan, including this monitoring program.

Partners

The monitoring program is being coordinated by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, working with a range of partner organisations:

Steering group

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program steering group was established by the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum in 2015 to provide advice on requirements for an effective integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Reef 2050 Plan.

The steering group guides the program’s development and operation and provides advice to the Ministerial Forum on monitoring and reporting requirements for the Great Barrier Reef.

The steering group is co-chaired by the Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Members include senior officials from government agencies and monitoring organisations.

Working groups

On the advice of the steering group, three working groups were set up to oversee different components of monitoring and reporting the program’s development. A series of work packages to develop the Program have been identified by the working groups.

Program design working group To design a fit-for-purpose monitoring program for the Reef 2050 Plan and assess the adequacy of existing monitoring programs against this design. In addition, desired states and ecosystem standards and thresholds required to achieve desired states will be developed. The group will also develop standard monitoring protocols. Co-chaired by:
  • Australian Institute of Marine Science
  • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)
Synthesis and reporting working group To identify data streams and synthesis required to meet Reef 2050 Plan reporting requirements. Co-chaired by:
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection
Data management and systems working group To develop data storage protocols to ensure that monitoring program data is discoverable and accessible, and to develop protocols for managing culturally sensitive information. Co-chaired by:
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Integrated Marine Observing System
  • Queensland Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation

Program governance 

The below governance structure outlines the governance arrangement for the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan. This includes the steering group for the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.
A diagram showing the natural values that link to Ecosystem Health outcomes, objectives and targets from the Reef 2050 Plan, and what attributes of these natural values need to be monitored to evaluate progress towards these targets