Wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments Management Strategy 2016–21
The Queensland Government is committed to ensuring that the Great Barrier Reef is conserved for future generations.
The Reef 2050 Long Term Sustainability Plan recognises the value of wetlands in contributing to reef resilience and ecosystem health, and highlights that there has been a decline in ecosystem processes that are important for maintaining water quality.
The Queensland Government convened the Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce to provide independent advice to ensure that clean water flows from the rivers to the sea to protect the reef. There is increasing recognition that previous initiatives are not sufficient to meet the water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce also recognised that the health of the catchments and wetlands of the Great Barrier Reef are critical to its resilience. Their recommendations included improving the protection and health of wetlands and coastal ecosystems and rehabilitating wetlands and coastal ecosystems.
The Wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments Management Strategy 2016–21 supports the Reef 2050 Long term Sustainability Plan and the Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan in setting out a framework for the improved management of the wetlands of the Great Barrier Reef catchments. It builds on the achievements of the Queensland Wetlands Program and recognises wetlands as vital to the health of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and its catchments.
This strategy includes five themes: improved information; planning; on-ground management; communication and education; and evaluation, review and improvement.
Last updated: 10 May 2021
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2021) Wetlands in the Great Barrier Reef Catchments Management Strategy 2016–21, WetlandInfo website, accessed 13 May 2021. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/management/legislation-update/great-barrier-reef/