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

Hedge, P ORCID: 0000-0002-2040-9618, Molloy, F, Sweatman, H, Hayes, KR, Dambacher, JM, Chandler, J, Bax, N, Gooch, M, Anthony, K and Elliot, B 2017 , 'An integrated monitoring framework for the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area' , Marine Policy, vol. 77 , pp. 90-96 , doi: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.12.014.

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Abstract

Monitoring provides important feedback on how social and environmental systems are tracking and whether ornot human activities, including management activities, are having an impact. This paper describes an approachapplied to develop an integrated monitoring framework to inform adaptive management of the Great BarrierReef World Heritage Area, a complex, multi-jurisdictional, multi-sectoral marine system of internationalimportance. It identifies the gaps and opportunities to integrate the existing long-term, short-term andcompliance-related monitoring and reporting initiatives to provide the information for more effective andefficient (adaptive) management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area. And as importantly it alignsexpectations among different agencies about how monitoring will inform management. Fifty two high priorityvalues, 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 andestablished a common purpose, lexicon and language for an integrated monitoring program. Second, ithighlighted the importance and usefulness of qualitative conceptual models as a framework for focuseddiscussion around a set of hypotheses with relevance for management. Third, the process started an importantconversation about defining and setting a realistic number of monitoring priorities for management. Finally, ithas provided direction for how to build on existing initiatives to develop an integrated monitoring program for aglobally significant world heritage area.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators: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
Keywords: Adaptive management, environmental monitoring, decision-making, coral reef, marine reserve
Journal or Publication Title: Marine Policy
Publisher: Elsevier Sci Ltd
ISSN: 0308-597X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1016/j.marpol.2016.12.014
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Copyright 2016 Elsevier Ltd.

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