A long-term vision for the reef
The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is the overarching strategy for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef from 2015 to 2050.
Image courtesy of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Parks Authority.
The plan includes the Queensland Government’s commitments to protect the reef, including prohibiting the disposal of capital dredge material in the World Heritage Area, convening a high level taskforce to determine the best possible approach to reducing nitrogen and sediment runoff, reinstating coastal planning laws, and implementing vegetation protection laws to minimise runoff.
The key principle of the plan is to develop ecosystem resilience in the face of a variable and changing climate.
By improving water quality, maintaining biodiversity and ensuring port developments and shipping have minimal impact on the reef, the plan is building the reef’s resilience and targeting activities over which governments and other stakeholders have control.
The plan’s vision is to:
‘Ensure the Great Barrier Reef continues to improve on its Outstanding Universal Value every decade between now and 2050 to be a natural wonder for each successive generation to come.’
To achieve this vision, the plan identifies tangible outcomes, objectives and measurable targets across seven themes—ecosystem health, biodiversity, heritage, water quality, community benefits, economic benefits and governance.