Climate change

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 identified climate change as one of the greatest threats to the long-term health of the Great Barrier Reef.

Climate change may affect the Reef in a number of ways, including:

Environmental and community impacts

All elements of the Reef ecosystem are exposed to, and at risk from, the impacts of climate change, the effects of which are already being seen. There is expected to be flow-on impacts for communities and industries.

Climate change policies review

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority recently provided input to the Australian Department of Environment and Energy on the climate change policies and review discussion paper. Climate change is a global issue and the most serious threat to the long term health of coral reefs world-wide. The Authority’s submission reinforces the importance of Australia leading global efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement.

Adapting to climate change

Our Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan 2012-2017 outlines how we will build Great Barrier Reef’s health so it’s better able to cope with stress and avoid climate change impacts.

More than 250 projects and activities took place over the five years, and are outlined in our Climate Change Adaptation: Outcomes from the Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012.