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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 including: 
  • 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 
  • 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.

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program 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-2050-Integrated-Monitoring-and-Reporting-Program-Cheveron-Diagram - Commonwealth of Australia (Reef Authority)

Reef Knowledge System

The Reef Knowledge System, is the online access point for the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program, 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.

The Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is being used to track the progress of outcomes outlined in the Reef 2050 Plan, the Australian and Queensland governments’ long-term plan for Reef protection.  

The aim of the monitoring program is to achieve ‘a coordinated and integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting framework for the Great Barrier Reef and its catchment.’  The Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum oversees the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan, including this monitoring program.

Partners

Steering group

The Reef, 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program steering group, was established by the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum in 2015 to provide advice on requirements for effective integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program for the Reef 2050 Plan.

The steering group guides the program’s development and operation and provides advice to the Ministerial Forum on monitoring and reporting requirements for the Great Barrier Reef.

The steering group is co-chaired by the Chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Director-General of the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection. Members include senior officials from government agencies and monitoring organisations.

Working groups

On the advice of the steering group, three working groups were set up to oversee different components of monitoring and reporting the program’s development.

  • Program design working group: 
  • To design a fit-for-purpose monitoring program for the Reef 2050 Plan and assess the adequacy of existing monitoring programs against this design.
  • In addition, desired states, ecosystem standards, and thresholds will be developed to achieve desired states. The group will also develop standard monitoring protocols. Co-chaired by:
    • Australian Institute of Marine Science
    • Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

 

  • Synthesis and reporting working group: 
  • To identify data streams and synthesis required to meet Reef 2050 Plan reporting requirements. Co-chaired by:
    • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
    • Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection

 

  • Data management and systems working group 
  • To develop data storage protocols to ensure that monitoring program data is discoverable and accessible and to develop protocols for managing culturally sensitive information. Co-chaired by:
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority
  • Integrated Marine Observing System
  • Queensland Department of Science, Information, Technology and Innovation

Program governance

The below governance structure outlines the governance arrangement for the implementation of the Reef 2050 Plan. This includes the steering group for the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program.

Reef Integrated Monitoring Program Delivery diagram - Commonwealth of Australia (Reef Authority)

Bringing knowledge together for Reef management

The vision for the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program is to develop a knowledge system for resilience-based management of the Reef and its Catchment. It will also provide managers with an understanding of how the Reef 2050 Plan is progressing.

Program development commenced in 2016, and more than 70 experts have been involved in the design of the program. A prototype, designed to be the first edition of the knowledge system, is scheduled for testing from mid–2019.

  • Program development focuses on three knowledge system components:
  • Collecting and integrating data: For the first time, access to information from monitoring and modelling of the Reef’s biophysical, social, economic, Indigenous and heritage values, as well as the drivers and pressures on those values, will occur through a centralised location.
  • Improving data access: Enabling access to data through the knowledge system requires meeting sufficient standards for data management collection and sharing. This complex task involves input from those involved in collecting Reef data and establishing technical infrastructure.
  • Visualising data: The knowledge system will allow users to access consolidated and integrated information, becoming a ‘first-stop-shop’ for Reef managers.

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.

Read more in our 2019 Outlook Report.

Created Tue, 2022-08-23 13:43
Updated 23 Aug 2022
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