Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (Reef 2050 Plan) was 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.

A key initiative of the Reef 2050 Plan is the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (or ‘RIMReP’).

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a partnership involving key Australian government environmental management and science agencies, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (the Reef Authority), Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (AWE), Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), CSIRO and the Queensland Government. Traditional Owner representatives also form a key part of the Program’s governance.

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program vision is to develop a knowledge system that enables resilience-based management of the Great Barrier Reef, and provides managers with a comprehensive understanding of how the Reef 2050 Plan is progressing.

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is a long-term initiative, critical to supporting resilience-based management and delivering evidenced-based reporting on the Reef. RIMReP will provide Reef managers with information to guide management decisions and help them track progress against the Plan. It will also drive better alignment between existing programs, while helping to fill monitoring and modelling knowledge gaps.

Reef Knowledge System

The Reef Knowledge System, is the online access point for RIMReP, with parts of it accessible to the public. It provides a ‘first stop shop’ or portal, linking to monitoring information drawn from multiples sources, links to Program partner systems and interactive maps and information.

The program’s knowledge system is intended to enable the early detection of trends and changes in the Reef’s environment. The goal is to drive effective, efficient and transparent management decisions. The knowledge system will evolve in response to changes in the Reef’s condition, new science and technologies, and high priority needs of management and stakeholders. It will be used to guide day-to-day decisions, shape strategic policy and inform future Great Barrier Reef Outlook Reports.

The Reef Knowledge System is continuously improving. Over time it will show monitoring and modelling data from a wide range of sources in useful and interactive ways.

For more information, contact the Program Management Office.