The Reef 2050 plan is the overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef until 2050. A key component of the Reef 2050 Plan is the establishment of the Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program (RIMReP), which will provide a comprehensive and up-to-date understanding of the Great Barrier Reef — the values and processes that support it and the threats that affect it. This knowledge is fundamental to informing actions required to protect and improve the Reef ’s condition and to drive adaptive management. The intent of the Program is not to duplicate existing arrangements but to coordinate and integrate existing monitoring, modelling and reporting programs across disciplines.
RIMReP development will include an analysis of existing monitoring against Reef 2050 Plan deliverables; this will inform decisions on where there may be duplication or gaps in current monitoring, as well as areas where data management, analysis, synthesis and reporting may be improved. The five-yearly Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report will be the primary reporting mechanism for evaluating the effectiveness of the Reef 2050 Plan, with the 2019 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Report being the first to incorporate results of the Program.
Data management and systems is the component of RIMReP which will guide monitoring and reporting. AODN, together with AIMS, CSIRO and James Cook University have been awarded the contract to assess the current status of monitoring and to develop data management best practice guidelines and protocols for delivering the 2019 Outlook report.
More information on RIMReP can be found here.