Tackling climate change

The Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Strategy 2009 - 2012, launched in 2009, provides a starting point for the Great Barrier Reef marine tourism industry, government and other partners to take action in response to climate change.

The strategy was jointly developed by the Great Barrier Reef Tourism Climate Change Action Group, a partnership of government agencies, industry groups and tourism operators.

What are tourism operators doing now?

Tourism operators are working with the GBRMPA to reduce their impact on the Great Barrier Reef. Some operators are:

  • Calculating and reducing their carbon emissions
  • Trialling alternative energy sources such as biofuels
  • Becoming climate action certified through Ecotourism Australia
  • Offsetting the emissions created by their business.

The GBRMPA has developed tools to assist tourism operators to reduce their emissions and adapt to climate change. These tools include: