How the Reef is managed
- Managing multiple uses
- Marine Monitoring Program
- Eye on the Reef program
- Water quality in the Great Barrier Reef
- Science for management
- Tourism on the Great Barrier Reef
- Recreation on the Great Barrier Reef
- Fisheries in the Marine Park
- Field Management of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park
- Managing Commonwealth Islands
- Register of management arrangements
- Douglas Shoal environmental remediation project
- Strategic assessment and 25-year management plan
- Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report
Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan
- Reef 2050 Plan draft policies - consultation
- Reef 2050 draft policies
- Case studies - Reef 2050 Policy application
- Reef 2050 policy literature review
- Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program
Threats to the Reef
- Climate change
- How climate change is affecting the Reef
- What does this mean for species?
- Climate change impacts on microscopic organisms
- Climate change impacts on marine plants
- Climate change impacts on corals
- Climate change impacts on fish
- Climate change impacts on marine mammals
- Climate change impacts on marine reptiles
- Climate change impacts on seabirds
- Climate change impacts on seabed dwellers
- What does this mean for habitats?
- What does this mean for communities and industries?
- Climate Change Action Plan 2012-2017
- Current conditions on the Reef
- Coastal development and protecting the Great Barrier Reef
- Declining water quality
- Extreme weather
- Remaining impacts from fishing
- Marine debris
- Climate change
- Managing for a resilient Reef
The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program covers the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent catchment monitoring programs.
This coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting framework will help track the progress of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes: ecosystem health, biodiversity, heritage, water quality, community benefits, economic benefits, and governance.
Actions and targets
The Reef 2050 Plan actions, targets, objectives and outcomes for the governance theme are based on the findings of this 2014 review. The plan’s actions and targets build on the strong and well-regarded consultation networks already in place for Reef management.
The current advisory committee structure for various Reef initiatives will be streamlined, enabling more effective input from Traditional Owners, industry, researchers and the community regarding protection and management of the World Heritage Area.
Harnessing sufficient financial and other resources and directing them to activities which support the outcomes of the plan is critical. Early in 2015 an investment baseline was developed to detail all the investment and work for Reef protection and management currently being undertaken by both government and non-government sectors.
In 2014, an independent review of governance arrangements for Great Barrier Reef management was undertaken. This review found legislative arrangements and institutional management were generally effective.
Threats to governance
The Reef 2050 Plan, and other related reports on reef heath, identify the following threats to governance:
- Duplication and overlap in processes, consultation and decision-making
- Reduced continuity in management activities
- Reduced effectiveness in application of data