The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) responds to the challenges facing the Great Barrier Reef and presents actions to protect its values, health and resilience, while allowing ecologically sustainable use. The Reef 2050 Plan has been developed by the Australian and Queensland governments, together with its partners, including Traditional Owners, industry, scientists and communities, as an overarching strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef.
It follows recommendations from a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone. It also contains information from the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2014.
A key part of the Reef 2050 Plan is the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.
This coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Reef and its adjacent catchment will help track the progress towards targets and objectives of the Reef 2050 Plan, under the plan’s seven themes. This will be a key input to assessing the effectiveness of the plan.
It will cover all aspects of the Reef’s environment including its natural and physical attributes, heritage values and its social, economic and cultural aspects.
The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program:
- underpins the Reef 2050 Plan’s adaptive management approach, evaluating whether actions are on track to achieving targets
- allows the early detection of trends and changes in the Reef’s environment; informs the assessment of key threats and future risks; and enables timely management responses
- ensures investments are focused on actions that will effectively deliver measurable results
- informs annual report cards and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s five-yearly Outlook Report, which will be the principal guide reviewing the Reef 2050 Plan
- drives the coordination, alignment and integration of existing monitoring, modelling and reporting programs to capitalise on existing program investment, provide value for money, improve efficiency and avoid duplication of effort.
Initially, priority will be given to integrating existing programs and filling critical information gaps. For more information, contact the program managers.
The Authority worked together with The Nature Conservancy and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to jointly facilitate the “Managing for Resilience’ workshop in Townsville in December.
The workshop gathered 80 delegates, representing 16 countries and 21 organisations. The intent of the workshop was to build understanding of resilience-based management (RBM) and share examples of how it is implemented in some of the best-managed coral reefs around the world.
Watch the Authority’s Dr Roger Beeden presentation “Managing for Resilience Great Barrier Reef case study”.
All other presentations are available on the Reef Resilience Network website.
- View our online resource highlighting program information and a timeline for development
- Minister Hunt media release: $8 million for Great Barrier Reef monitoring and reporting programme (1 July 2015)
- Department of the Environment - Reef 2050 Plan
- Comprehensive strategic assessments - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and Queensland Government
- Integrated Monitoring Framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority Science Strategy and Information Needs 2014-2019