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Prioritising investment and knowledge

Desired outcome

Prioritise, coordinate and integrate programs to maximise reef water quality outcomes.

To achieve this outcome, issues and risks need to be clearly assessed and defined at the appropriate scales, and actions prioritised using best available information. The priorities for research, development and innovation need to be determined over the short and long term.

Action

Deliverables

Timeframe

Lead organisation/s

Contributors

1. Develop, implement and maintain a Research, Development and Innovation Strategy to identify research and development priorities and encourage identification of innovative ways of reducing nutrient, pesticide and sediment runoff.

Develop a five- year Research, Development and Innovation Strategy on the most cost effective and critical research and development priorities and update as required.

December
2013

DPC

DSEWPaC, DAFF, GBRMPA,
DNRM, DSITIA, DEHP, QDAFF,
research organisations,
regional NRM organisations,
Independent Science Panel

2. Coordinate and integrate agreed research, development and innovation priorities into research and development programs.

Establish a research, development and innovation coordination group to identify priorities and integrate and communicate programs of work.

July 2013

DPC

DSEWPaC, DEHP,
GBRMPA, DAFF, QDAFF,
research organisations,
industry groups, Independent
Science Panel, WWF

Help determine the pollutant load reductions required to meet marine water quality guidelines, by completing a receiving water model as part of the eReefs project.

June 2015

Great Barrier
Reef Foundation

BoM, Queensland Government,
DSEWPaC, CSIRO, DPC.

Ensure resources are identified for the synthesis and transfer of knowledge between research and monitoring programs and end users.

December
2013

DPC

DEHP, DSITIA, research
organisations, industry
groups, DSEWPaC, QDAFF,
GBRMPA, DAFF

Prepare an evaluation report outlining the delivery of Research, Development and Innovation priorities.

Biennially

DPC

DSEWPaC, DAFF, research
organisations, Independent
Science Panel

3. Prioritise and align investments based on risk assessments of key pollutants, source areas and the risk they pose to Great Barrier Reef ecosystems, as well as information on priority areas for rehabilitation.

Investment through Reef Plan is informed by an investment prioritisation process which identifies priority pollutants, industries and areas.

December
2013

DSEWPaC,
DAFF, DPC,
DNRM, DEHP

Reef scientists, GBRMPA,
DSITIA, QDAFF, industry
groups, regional NRM
organisations, research
organisations, Independent
Science Panel, WWF

Review investment prioritisation and risk assessment process based on new research, monitoring and knowledge.

As required

DSEWPaC,
DAFF, DEHP

DEHP, DPC, DAFF, DNRM,
GBRMPA, QDAFF, industry
groups, regional NRM
organisations, research
organisations, WWF

Agree on a coordinated Reef Plan investment strategy for implementing Reef Plan.

December
2013

DPC, DSEWPaC

QDAFF, DEHP, DNRM,
DSITIA, DAFF

Prioritise coastal, urban and wetland rehabilitation activities that improve water quality and Great Barrier Reef health in order to inform state, national and regional programs of work.

June 2014

GBRMPA

DSEWPaC, DEHP, regional NRM
organisations, DPC, DNRM,
industry groups, research
groups, WWF

Undertake a mid-term review of Reef Plan goal, timeframe and targets once a receiving waters model is complete and information is available to consider ecologically based water quality targets. Review other targets in light of new information.

January 2016

DPC, DSEWPaC

DSEWPaC, DEHP, DAFF,
GBRMPA, QDAFF, DSITIA,
DNRM, industry groups, regional
NRM organisations, WWF,
Independent Science Panel

Last updated:
27 August, 2014
Last reviewed:
25 September, 2013

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