AUSTRALIA - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan
Posted on 01 October 2005
On 1 July 2004, a vast synthesis of scientific research and a comprehensive public consultation process culminated in the implementation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park zoning plan. This plan is a pioneering development in marine conservation, and it sets a new benchmark for the establishment of marine protected areas in Australia and around the world.
The size and scale of the network of marine sanctuaries prescribed in the zoning plan is unprecedented, and firmly establishes the Australian Government as a global leader in protecting our marine environment. More than its size however, the new zoning plan is also unprecedented in terms of its comprehensiveness. It includes representative areas of all of the Marine Park's range of biological regions within the strict protection of marine sanctuaries and is based on the best available scientific research and advice.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of WWF's Global ecoregions - a science-based ranking of the world's most biologically outstanding and globally representative areas of biodiversity - and a conservation priority for WWF.
WWF recognises the implementation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan as a GIFT TO THE EARTH - a globally significant conservation achievement, and an example of environmental leadership which can inspire others.
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Queensland, Australia.