Poster: Building Resilience of Great Barrier Reef
This poster will explore how to develop an integrated sustainability plan covering complex issues with multiple stakeholders. Specifically the key to protecting the values of the Great Barrier Reef for the future is to build overall resilience through proactively managing major threats such as land based run off. With an area of 348,000 square kms, the Great Barrier Reef is the size of Italy. Consequently initiatives to conserve values in the face of climate change and other pressures must be regionally focused and fit for purpose.
The Plan’s vision is delivered through seven Outcomes for 2050. SMART targets for 2020 and medium term objectives are specified for the 6 themes of Biodiversity, Ecosystem Health, Heritage, Water Quality, Community and Economic Benefits. Clear Governance actions and responsibilities ensure the Plan is implemented in an adaptive management framework.
Implementation has commenced on the Plan including prioritization of actions by independent expert scientists chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, development of cumulative impact, net benefit and offsetting policies and compiling an Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program. Industry is developing codes of practice while local governments, schools, fishers and farmers are choosing to become Reef Guardians by adopting and sharing best practice approaches.
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Confirmed SpeakerCarolyn Cameron, is currently principal of Cameron Strategies, providing strategic advice and policy development on challenging environmental management and governance issues. Previously Carolyn held senior management positions with the Australian, Victorian and NSW government departments of environment, primary industries and land use planning and was a university lecturer.