The Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is an immense archipelago of 3,000 individual coral reefs, deep shoals, seagrasses and mangrove systems that support many thousands of marine species. Bigger than Italy, it stretches 2,300 kilometres along Australia’s Queensland coast. It is the home for about 70 Traditional Owner groups whose connections with the GBR go back more than 60,000 years. The GBR inspires awe in two million tourists every year and is considered ‘our reef’ to the 1.1 million Australians living along its coastline. It supports almost 70,000 full-time jobs and is worth AUS$6.4 billion a year to the Australian economy in the tourism industry alone.
As an Australian statutory authority, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s objective is the long-term protection, ecologically sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Great Barrier Reef for all Australians and the international community through the control and care of the Marine Park.
The GBR is a priceless natural asset. It is the GBR Marine Park Authority’s great privilege to manage this internationally acclaimed World Heritage Area on behalf of all Australians and the world since we began operations more than 40 years ago.
The Marine Park is a multiple-use area and we work to assess, advise on, regulate and implement policies that ensure the best possible outcomes for the GBR whilst allowing all to experience such a wondrous environment.
International Year of the Reef is a wonderful opportunity to work with our partners to celebrate those that are doing great things to contribute to positive outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef.
IYOR Activities Plan
Working in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Department of Environment and Energy as well as a Reef network group of around 30 organisations, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority is the lead organisation in Australia for International Year of the Reef activities.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority will be co-chairing the next ICRI Secretariat on behalf of the Australian Government during 2018-20, in partnership with Monaco.
The Marine Park Authority is working with a network of Reef 2050 organisations to develop a suite of events and campaigns for International Year of the Reef, including: Reef Facebook Live events, Pecha Kucha talks, digital graphics and more.
We are encouraging the GBR / International Year of the Reef partners to use the following theme:
- celebrate the Great Barrier Reef and the people who champion it
- educate people about the Great Barrier Reef’s health and,
- empowering the community to take achievable actions to address climate change, which is the greatest threat to reefs worldwide.
The Marine Park Authority enthusiastically looks forward to sharing these opportunities with the public and international community.
More information and resources can be found here: http://www.gbrmpa.gov.au/about-the-reef/international-year-of-the-reef-2018