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An integrated monitoring framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area


Hedge, P and Molloy, F and Sweatman, H and Hayes, KR and Dambacher, JM and Chandler, J and Bax, N and Gooch, M and Anthony, K and Elliot, B, An integrated monitoring framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, Marine Policy, 77 pp. 90-96. ISSN 0308-597X (2017) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.marpol.2016.12.014


Monitoring provides important feedback on how social and environmental systems are tracking and whether or not human activities, including management activities, are having an impact. This paper describes an approach applied to develop an integrated monitoring framework to inform adaptive management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, a complex, multi-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral marine system of international importance. It identifies the gaps and opportunities to integrate the existing long-term, short-term and compliance-related monitoring and reporting initiatives to provide the information for more effective and efficient (adaptive) management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. And as importantly it aligns expectations among different agencies about how monitoring will inform management. Fifty two high priority values, processes and pressures for management were identified along with 65 existing monitoring programs. Developing the monitoring framework was useful in several ways. First it brought together scientists, policymakers, managers, and other interested stakeholders with different agendas, philosophies and incentives and established a common purpose, lexicon and language for an integrated monitoring program. Second, it highlighted the importance and usefulness of qualitative conceptual models as a framework for focused discussion around a set of hypotheses with relevance for management. Third, the process started an important conversation about defining and setting a realistic number of monitoring priorities for management. Finally, it has provided direction for how to build on existing initiatives to develop an integrated monitoring program for a globally significant world heritage area.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Adaptive management, environmental monitoring, decision-making, coral reef, marine reserve
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Pollution and contamination
Research Field:Pollution and contamination not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Terrestrial systems and management
Objective Field:Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems
UTAS Author:Hedge, P (Mr Paul Hedge)
UTAS Author:Bax, N (Professor Nicholas Bax)
ID Code:114601
Year Published:2017
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:Ecology and Biodiversity
Deposited On:2017-02-21
Last Modified:2018-04-18

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