Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan open for comment

Sep 17, 2014

reef2050-diver_1.jpgComments are now being sought on managing and protecting the Great Barrier Reef for the next 35 years.

You are invited to have your say on the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan—the overarching framework for managing the Reef from 2015 to 2050. The Plan has been developed by the Australian and Queensland governments in close consultation with partners including the resources, ports, tourism, fishing, agriculture, Indigenous, local government, research and conservation sectors.

Development of the Plan has also been informed by public submissions received as part of the Australian and Queensland governments’ comprehensive strategic assessment process.

This Plan does not duplicate other programs or activities; rather it brings them together to ensure greater coordination, efficiency and effectiveness when managing and protecting the Reef. A key focus has been identifying how  a range of groups can work together to further strengthen existing and implement new initiatives to improve the health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef.

The Plan’s vision is that by 2050 the Great Barrier Reef continues to demonstrate the Outstanding Universal Value for which it was listed as a World Heritage Area and supports a wide range of sustainable economic, social, cultural and traditional activities.

It details desired long-term outcomes, objectives and measurable targets for protecting the Reef’s values across seven themes—water quality, biodiversity, ecosystem health, economic benefits, heritage, community benefits and governance. Actions to achieve these targets have been identified and prioritised to focus on critical areas of new work

Visit the Department of the Environment website,, to download the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, and make a submission online. Information to assist you to make your submission and details of public information sessions, being held in Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone, are also available on the website.

If you have any queries, please email

Comments close on 27 October 2014. The Plan will then be revised in consultation with the Partnership Group and submitted to the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Forum for endorsement in December 2014.

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