The findings of the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report and the Strategic Assessment of the Great Barrier Reef Region are clear.

Impacts on the Reef are compounding over time and space, diminishing the Reef’s ability to recover from disturbances.

Greater reductions of threats at all levels  — global, reef-wide, regional and local — together with actions to improve the Reef’s health and resilience, are required to prevent the projected decline in the Reef’s health.

These policy documents set out a comprehensive and systematic approach for how stakeholders can work together to achieve these outcomes.

The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum approved the Reef 2050 Cumulative Impact Management Policy and the Net Benefit Policy on 20 July 2018. These two documents, along with the Good Practice Management for the Great Barrier Reef document, are part of a suite guidance materials to support implementation of  the Reef 2050 Plan.

The Reef 2050 Cumulative Impact Management Policy and Net Benefit Policy complement each other by providing guidance on how to reduce threats and improve the Reef’s resilience in the context of continuing climate change pressures. They set out principles and steps to guide their practical application. They’re about everyone working together to protect the Reef.

These policy documents form part of the Reef 2050 Plan’s adaptive management approach. Their effectiveness in reducing the risk of threats and improving the condition of values will be evaluated and reported on as part of the Great Barrier Reef Outlook Reporting cycle.