Climate Change Action Plan 2012-2017

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

Climate change is the greatest threat to coral reefs worldwide, and it’s important we understand the risks and work with reef communities and industries to help them adapt.

Building on the first action plan that achieved a range of positive outcomes, we will be working with our partners and focusing on six eco-based adaptation objectives:

Objectives Why it is important
Improve the capacity of Reef managers to build the resilience of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. The resilience of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem is central to its ability to cope with future stress and avoid the worst impacts of climate change.
Support adaptation of Great Barrier Reef industries and communities so that they can continue to make wise use of the Reef and be active partners in building ecosystem resilience.
While industries and communities can be a source of stress to coral reef ecosystems, they can also play crucial roles as environmental stewards and partners in conservation.
Encourage action that reduces the rate and extent of climate change. The outlook for the Great Barrier Reef ultimately depends on the concentration of greenhouse gas emissions in the Earth’s atmosphere over the coming century, and our ability to reduce our emissions.
Provide strategic and targeted science that supports management decisions and adaptation planning. Effective action to improve the outlook for the Great Barrier Reef in the face of climate change requires timely and pertinent information.
Effectively communicate to support climate change adaptation. Communication plays a critical role in nearly every aspect of climate change adaptation.
Foster strong stewardship among individuals and groups that interact with the Reef. Reef users have the potential to contribute substantially to efforts to build the resilience of the Reef ecosystem.

Outcomes from the Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan 2007-2012

Since 2007, we’ve been working with reef managers, researchers, industries and communities to build the health of the Great Barrier Reef so it can withstand the impacts of climate change.

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.