The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program covers the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent catchment monitoring programs.
It is being used to track the progress of the Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, which provides an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef.
Reporting on the implementation and effectiveness of the Reef 2050 Plan will occur through:
- An annual report on implementing the Reef 2050 Plan will be provided to the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum and made publicly available. This report will be prepared by the Standing Committee of Officials in consultation with the Reef 2050 Plan Advisory Committee and Independent Expert Panel and will assess progress towards delivering the Reef 2050 Plan’s actions.
- A progress update on implementing the Reef 2050 Plan, as well as a State Party Report on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area will be prepared and provided to the World Heritage Centre by December 2016 and December 2019 respectively.
- The five-yearly Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report will be the main reporting tool to examine the progress towards the Reef 2050 Plan targets.
- Data from the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program will also inform a number of reports at both Reef-wide and regional scales tracking progress towards targets.
Informing adaptive management
Adaptive management is when a program is continually improved based on the results of evaluation – learning by doing.
In this instance, the results of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program will be used to inform any updates to the Reef 2050 Plan.
This means that any threats to the health of the Reef can be managed in a responsive way, according to emerging risks. Priorities for management can be continually refined based on the most up-to-date information from the Program’s monitoring data.
Evaluation and reporting will cover all themes — from the Reef 2050 Plan’s planning and design to delivery — and seeks to ensure the plan will continue to be improved so it can achieve its goals.
Adaptive management for Reef 2050 Plan
A diagram showing the Reef 2050 Plan in the context of the IUCN management effectiveness cycle, to demonstrate that evaluation will be undertaken for six aspects of Reef 2050: context (status and threats), planning, inputs, process, outputs and outcomes. This evaluation will inform adaptive management, or continuous improvement.