The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is responsible for ensuring the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park — one of the world's greatest natural treasures — is protected for the future.

For 40 years we've managed this biologically diverse icon and multiple-use area, using the best available scientific information and input from marine managers, researchers, experts and Traditional Owners.

Reef blueprint

The Reef blueprint for resilience is the primary output of the Reef Summit, which was held in May 2017 and attended by 70 regional, national and international delegates representing marine park managers, Traditional Owners, government agencies, research institutions, industry groups, Reef users and other stakeholders.

It was clear from the event there is a strong and shared commitment to work together—to develop a blueprint for change, to implement actions, and communicate the challenges facing the Reef.

The blueprint signals the actions we will take with our partners, to strengthen the Reef’s resilience — its capacity to recover after disturbances and return to a healthy state — to the challenges its facing now and in the future.

Our strong message is: together we can secure the future of the Reef – we have to try harder, do more and act now.

The blueprint is designed around 10 key initiatives focused on delivering maximum benefits for Reef resilience.

Building on existing management arrangements — such as crown-of-thorns starfish control and fishing compliance — to protect the Great Barrier Reef, this Blueprint outlines additional actions and innovative approaches the Authority will pursue with its partners to better support and protect coral reefs in the face of a changing climate. Its explicit focus on coral reefs reflects both their critical state, and the fact that coral reefs are the cornerstones of the Reef’s broader ecological, social, economic, cultural and heritage values.

The 10 initiatives fall into four broad areas:

  • building a resilience network
  • on-ground actions
  • empowering people
  • fostering change.

By focusing our efforts on building the resilience of coral reefs, we will give the entire Great Barrier Reef ecosystem its best chance of coping with the challenges ahead.

From blueprint to action

This progress report examines the first year of actions by the Authority towards achieving the initiatives of the Reef Summit held in May 2017 and the release of the Great Barrier Reef Blueprint for Resilience (the 'Reef Blueprint') in December 2017.