World-first research to secure the Great Barrier Reef’s viability

Organization

Australian Institute of Marine Science

The Australian Government has provided $6 million for a ground-breaking program to develop the next generation of tools and technologies to help protect The Great Barrier Reef from the multiple threats it faces. The Reef Restoration and Adaption Program (RRAP) brings together leading scientists to build on the significant advances in coral reef science to boost the reef’s resilience, in the face of the escalating impacts of climate change and other threats.

RRAP aims to secure the viability of the Great Barrier Reef by developing a suite of scalable, cost-effective restoration and adaption methods – based on the best research and technology – to be available to decision-makers and the community, if and when it is decided intervention is needed. Modelling technology will be used to help decision-makers identify the most effective and efficient way to protect the reef, which spans more than 344,000 km2.

RRAP scientists are currently evaluating existing reef research and technology from Australia and the rest of the world, to identify the methods that could feasibly be further developed and deployed at the scale needed to protect and restore The Great Barrier Reef.

RRAP is led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science. Partners include: the CSIRO, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, James Cook University, The University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology.