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Research programs delivering information to Reef Plan

Research into water quality is funded by a number of dedicated programs. These programs work together to foster collaboration between researchers and develop integrated outputs that meet the needs of users. This will ensure greater benefit to reef health than if each set of activities was undertaken in isolation.

The Reef Plan Research, Development and Innovation Strategy 2013-2018 (PDF, 1.22MB) provides guidance and direction for reef water quality related research, development and innovation required to inform Reef Plan 2013 implementation. It covers all biophysical and socio-economic research, development and innovation related to the effects of broadscale land use on water quality and reef health.

The strategy includes the contemporary priorities for research, development and innovation which have been identified in close consultation with Reef Plan partners. Reef Plan itself does not fund research. Rather the strategy provides a whole-of-program perspective on research priorities which can be used by the Australian and Queensland governments and other research providers to make investment decisions regarding research, development and innovation related to reef water quality improvement. Biennial reviews will be undertaken to evaluate whether the priority research questions have been answered and consider other emerging issues.

The key programs are:

The research being undertaken ranges from projects focused on one theme (land management practices, catchment indicators or water quality management) to projects that cover the full spectrum (investigating how improved land management practices affect catchments and impact on the marine environment).


Land practices

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Last updated:
11 December, 2014
Last reviewed:
13 June, 2014

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