The Governance arrangements for the GBRMPA were initially established through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, and reviewed in 2006. Since this time, the uses of, and threats to, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) have changed considerably. These changes highlight the need for the accompanying changes in governance of the GBRMPA to ensure […]
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Positive, practical changes to current reef policies could help reverse the decline in the health of Australia’s coral reefs and increase the viability of all the industries associated with reefs. Here, we highlight ways to build resilience in Australia’s coral reefs to protect from harmful human impacts. We focus on: Climate Change, Port development, Water […]
The current Federal Government Review of the Commonwealth Marine Reserve offers the ideal opportunity to redress these deficiencies in the management plans and thus improve the protection of Australia’s marine environment and standing as a world leader in marine conservation. It is heartening to see the proposed addition of three new MNPZ adjacent to the […]
The ACRS strongly supports the following proposed actions: • A commitment to more ambitious targets to reduce Queensland’s greenhouse gas emissions. • A transition to a clean-energy, low-carbon economy, with the long-term aim of 100% renewable energy by 2050. • To be the second Australian state to sign the ‘Under 2 MOU,’ put forward by […]
Australia is a world leader in the management of marine ecosystems, yet the threats faced by reefs are growing at an unprecedented rate. Solutions to these problems lie in environmental governance and climate change mitigation. Below we highlight the primary threats to coral reefs, and the policies proposed to address them by the two major […]
Declining water quality has already led to decreased coral diversity and coverage on coastal reefs of the GBR. Importantly, mangroves have the ability to reduce impacts of water quality. Australia has the 2nd largest area of mangroves in the world. Below, we have highlighted the benefits of mangroves, and recommend immediate action to protect and […]