The Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the best managed marine areas in the world. At 348,000 square kilometres, the Reef is one of the richest and most diverse natural ecosystems on Earth.
The unique qualities of this property were recognised in 1981 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.
Managing and protecting the Reef
The management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an ongoing priority for the Australian and Queensland governments and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
One of Australia's first World Heritage Areas, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem and is probably the best-known marine protected area in the world.
The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan
The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is Australia’s long-term plan for protecting the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent coastal zone.
The Reef Trust will combine both Australian Government and private funds to focus on improving coastal habitat and water quality throughout the Great Barrier Reef and adjacent catchments.
Photos: © Commonwealth of Australia (GBRMPA)