Adaptive management and its role in managing Great Barrier Reef water quality

Bennett, J., Lawrance, P., Johnstone, R. W. and Shaw, R. J. (2005) Adaptive management and its role in managing Great Barrier Reef water quality. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 50 1-4: 70-75. doi:10.1016/j.marpolbul.2004.10.034

Author Bennett, J.
Lawrance, P.
Johnstone, R. W.
Shaw, R. J.
Title Adaptive management and its role in managing Great Barrier Reef water quality
Journal name Marine Pollution Bulletin   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0025-326X
Publication date 2005
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.marpolbul.2004.10.034
Volume 50
Issue 1-4
Start page 70
End page 75
Total pages 6
Editor Charles Sheppard
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
770300 Marine Environment
270702 Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Abstract Adaptive management is the pathway to effective conservation, use and management of Australia’s coastal catchments and waterways. While the concepts of adaptive management are not new, applications involving both assessment and management responses are indeed limited at the national and regional scales. This paper outlines the components of a systematic framework for linking scientific knowledge, existing tools, planning approaches and participatory processes to achieve healthy regional partnerships between community, industry, government agencies and science providers to overcome institutional barriers and uncoordinated monitoring. The framework developed by the Coastal CRC ( is hierarchical in the way it displays information to allow associated frameworks to be integrated, and represents a construct in which processes, information, decision tools and outcomes are brought together in a structured and transparent way for adaptive catchment and coastal management. This paper proposes how an adaptive management approach could be used to benefit the implementation of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan (RWQPP).
Keyword Adaptive management
Systems approach
Natural resource planning
Reef Water Quality Protection Plan
Q-Index Code C1

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