Criteria for effective regional scale catchment to reef management: a case study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef

Creighton, Colin, Waterhouse, Jane, Day, Jon C., and Brodie, Jon (2021) Criteria for effective regional scale catchment to reef management: a case study of Australia's Great Barrier Reef. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 173 (Part A). 112882.

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Many coastal and marine ecosystems around the world are under increasing threat from a range of anthropogenic influences. The management of these threats continues to present ongoing challenges, with many ecosystems increasingly requiring active restoration to support or re-establish the ecosystem's biological, cultural, social and economic values. The current condition of Australia's Great Barrier Reef (GBR) and its threats, including water quality, climate change and the loss of wetlands, causing the continuing decline in the GBR's ecological condition and function, has received global attention. Activities aimed at halting these declines and system restoration have been underway for over forty years. These activities are challenging to implement, and much has been learnt from their various outcomes. This paper considers the GBR and the associated management activities as a case study for regional scale catchment to reef management. It summarises the management approaches to date, describing the key role that science, policy and community have played in underpinning various investments. Four criteria for success are proposed: the lead role of the community, the need for a systems approach, the need for targeted, cost-effective and sustainable long-term investment, and importantly, building knowledge and maintaining consensus and political commitment.

Item ID: 69935
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1879-3363
Keywords: Biodiversity, Catchments, Coasts, Community, Ecological systems, Great Barrier Reef, Oceans, Repair, Resilience
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Date Deposited: 04 May 2022 02:40
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