Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment
The Australian and Queensland governments are committed to protecting the Great Barrier Reef, ensuring it retains its world heritage values and continues to be one of the best managed marine protected areas in the world.
As part of this commitment, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Queensland Government are undertaking a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.
The Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment has been released for public consultation and draft reports are now available for public comment.
Consultation closes on Friday 31 January 2014.
The draft reports look at the reef's values and how these values are being protected now and into the future, while enabling the sustainable development of the coastal zone.
The strategic assessment is being carried out in accordance with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and will be one of the most complex strategic assessments ever undertaken.
There are two parts to the comprehensive strategic assessment - a marine component and a coastal zone component.
- The coastal zone component, led by the Queensland Government, examines the state's coastal management, planning and development framework and how it provides environmental protection along the coastal zone, adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.
- The marine component, led by the Australian Government's Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, examines the arrangements in place to manage and protect the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area.
Feedback received during consultation will inform the preparation of the final reports for the Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment. The final program and strategic assessment reports, as well as a report on the consultation, will be provided to the Australian Minister for the Environment for review and consideration in late 2014.
The strategic assessment responds to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee's decision of July 2011 that the Australian Government undertakes a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
As part of this process, the Australian and Queensland governments will build upon their robust environmental and development management frameworks to protect the Great Barrier Reef's unique environmental values. This will be achieved through a range of new measures designed to strengthen these frameworks and support identifying and managing Matters of National Environmental Significance, including the Outstanding Universal Value of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
The comprehensive strategic assessment is being undertaken according to the Terms of Reference which were finalised following public consultation in early 2012.
Consistent with the Terms of Reference, the draft coastal zone strategic assessment reports have been independently reviewed.
- Great Barrier Reef coastal zone map ( 81 KB)
- Great Barrier Reef coastal zone frequently asked questions ( 457 KB)
- Great Barrier Reef coastal zone infographic ( 158 KB)
- Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment overview fact sheet ( 248 KB)
- Great Barrier Reef Strategic Assessment public consultation fact sheet ( 193 KB)
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