Great Barrier Reef

Reef Rescue is a key component of Caring for our Country, the Australian Government’s $2 billion initiative to restore the health of Australia’s environment and improve land management practices. It represents a coordinated approach to environmental management in Australia that is built on transparent and consistent national targets.

The Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report 2009 is a stock-take of the Great Barrier Reef, its management and its future.

The aim of the Outlook Report is to provide information about:

We are now in the midst of summer 2011/2012, which means increased risks for the Great Barrier Reef from threats such as coral bleaching, disease outbreaks and exposure to cyclones, storms and hig

Dr. Williamson is a postdoctoral fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at JCU. His research interests include larval dispersal of exploited reef fish, genetic connectivity of populations and potential export effects of marine protected areas (MPA’s) within the GBR marine park. David has worked on Australian and international research and monitoring projects for organizations including the GBRMPA, the French Institute for Research and Development and the US based Smithsonian Institute.

Dr. Congdon is Reader in Ecology at JCU (Cairns). As a research academic and field ecologist, he has had more than 30 years experience of applying ecological and evolutionary theory to the management and conservation of animal and plant species. He has a special interest in seabird conservation and has worked extensively with seabirds both in Australia and overseas. His current research is focused on understanding how changing ocean conditions impact seabird breeding success throughout the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea ecosystems.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority seeks to develop a socio-economic monitoring program, but there are a vast number of variables (or ‘indicators’) that could, potentially, be monitored and monitoring is not a costless exercise. So, it is important to ensure that the variables selected for ‘monitoring’, are ones which, (a) provide reliable, relevant information, which (b) measure interactions between sub-systems (e.g. socio-economic and biophysical) and which (c) are clearly associated with the Authority’s primary goal of protecting the Reef, i.e.

Managers of the world heritage Great Barrier Reef have repeatedly made stronger calls for social science data to assist them in their day-to-day duties. Researchers of Project 10.1 will work directly with the GBRMPA, DEEDI, GBRF, DERM, industry and community to develop world-class social and economic research that will directly facilitate the management of the Great Barrier Reef.


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