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Great Barrier Reef Report Card 2016

October 2017

Report Card 2016 shows progress towards some targets but faster uptake of improved land management practices is required. It assesses the reported results of Reef Water Quality Protection Plan 2013 actions up to June 2016. Not all activities undertaken during the reporting period are included so the results are considered a conservative estimate of progress. For more information, read the Report Card 2016.

Draft Water Quality Improvement Plan

August 2017

Comments are being sought on the draft Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan 2017–2022. The renewed five-year plan guides how industry, government and the community will work together to improve the quality of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef. It is an update of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan. The plan has an expanded scope and addresses all land-based sources of water pollution including run-off from urban, industrial and public lands; while recognising the majority of pollution comes from agricultural activities.

2017 Scientific Consensus Statement

August 2017

The 2017 Scientific Consensus Statement overarching consensus is:
Key Great Barrier Reef ecosystems continue to be in poor condition. This is largely due to the collective impact of land run-off associated with past and ongoing catchment development, coastal development activities, extreme weather events and climate change impacts such as the 2016 and 2017 coral bleaching events.

Current initiatives will not meet the water quality targets. To accelerate the change in on-ground management, improvements to governance, program design, delivery and evaluation systems are urgently needed. This will require greater incorporation of social and economic factors, better targeting and prioritisation, exploration of alternative management options and increased support and resources.

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27 October 2017

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