Report card shows continued progress
The latest Great Barrier Reef Report Card details some positive news but also identifies areas where more effort is needed. Report Card 2015 shows almost half the horticulture and grains land across the Great Barrier Reef catchments is already managed using best management practice systems, both scoring a C overall. However, more work is needed in the sugarcane and grazing industries which both scored a D reef-wide. Modelling of pollutant load reductions resulted in a reduction in sediment of 12.3% and a reduction in pesticides of 33.7% which is more than halfway to the 2018 targets. Inshore marine condition remained poor but coral and water quality improved. For more information, read the Report Card 2015.
Reef 2050 Annual Report
The Australian and Queensland governments released the first Reef 2050 Plan annual report in September 2016 showing good progress towards protecting the Great Barrier Reef. The report shows the governments’ $2 billion investment through the Reef 2050 Plan is achieving results and the governments are on track to deliver on their commitments. Since the plan was released in March 2015, 29 of the plan’s 151 actions have been completed and a further 102 are underway.
Read relevant media statements from the:
- Australian Government Minister for the Environment and Energy
- Queensland Government Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection, Minister for National Parks and the Great Barrier Reef