Great Barrier Reef report


Resilience strategies, opportunities and transition risks

Being a significant cultural, environmental and economic institution, the Reef has been the focus of government investment and policymaking, with regulators identifying that policies to support the resilience of this ecosystem are important and necessary. 6.1 INTEGRATED AND EVIDENCE BASED POLICY APPROACH FROM GOVERNMENT Resilience and adaptation strategies require input and direction from government, to establish clear and consistent policies for the long term funding and management of the Reef, and Reef-dependent industries. This includes strengthening the long term funding and tenure of existing government institutions, such as the GBRMPA. The GBRMPA is already proactive in establishing the “Reef Blueprint for Resilience” 40 , which provides a blueprint for ensuring the resilience of the Reef, including identifying a resilience network, on the ground actions required to enhance resilience, and empowering communities and other partnerships to be part of the solution. 41

The has implemented strategies directed at achieving this. For example, it set up the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce in 2015 to provide advice on how to achieve water quality targets. 42 The Australian Government “Reef 2050 Plan” likewise establishes a framework for monitoring and management of the Reef from cumulative impacts, and longer- term threats such as climate change. 43 This includes detailed plans for managing issues including sustainability 44 , and improving water quality. 45 This plan includes annual reports on performance. 46 As the recent Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2019 47 noted, [the] challenge to restore Reef resilience is big, but not insurmountable… it requires mitigation of climate change and effective implementation of the [Reef 2050 Plan]. Queensland Government

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