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View the Reef 2050 Plan

The Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) provides an overarching long-term strategy for managing the Great Barrier Reef — it coordinates actions and guides adaptive management to 2050.

The Reef 2050 Plan is currently being reviewed to ensure that it continues to contain the right priorities and actions to support the health and resilience of the Reef.

Reef 2050 Vision

The draft updated Plan’s vision for the Reef in 2050 is: The Great Barrier Reef is sustained as a living natural and cultural wonder of the world.

It includes a greater focus on climate change and its impact on the Reef.  It also focusses on addressing local and regional pressures over which people in Australia and Queensland have direct control: land-based run-off, coastal development and direct human use of the Reef.

The draft updated Plan includes a set of Indigenous heritage goals which will be further considered, integrated and progressed in partnership with Traditional Owners. It seeks to empower communities to take stronger action to protect the Reef.

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a key part of the Reef 2050 Plan — moving forward the monitoring program will track the progress of the Reef 2050 Plan’s outcomes and targets.

The Reef 2050 Plan 2019 Annual Report provides an overview of progress in implementing the Reef 2050 Plan from December 2017 to November 2018. This is the fourth Report for the Reef 2050 Plan.