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Title: Minimising Tourism Impact on the Great Barrier Reef a Partnership Approach


1
Minimising Tourism Impact on the Great Barrier
Reef a Partnership Approach Andrew Skeat,
Executive Director
2
Overview
  • Context
  • Great Barrier Reef Marine Park tourism
  • Management Framework
  • The Partnership Approach

3
What is our job?
  • Establish and manage a marine park
  • Protection, wise use, understanding and enjoyment

4
Context - pressures
5
Great Barrier Reef Tourism
  • Tourism is the major commercial use
  • 5.1 billion tourism industry
  • Approx 54 000 jobs (Access Economics 2005)
  • 1.9m tourism visits per year

6
Value of Industries
7
Great Barrier Reef Tourism
  • All tourism managed
  • 840 permitees and 1500 vessels
  • Cairns/Whitsundays focus
  • Environmental Management Charge
  • Tourism is a sustainable use

8
Historical context
9
A range of activities
10
GBR Visitor Days
11
Sustainable Tourism
  • Operators must abide by
  • The Act, the Regulations
  • the Zoning Plan
  • Plans of Management (limits on type, number and
    capacity, booking system)

12
Sustainable Tourism
  • Joint Agency approach
  • Tourism operators must
  • Have Marine Parks permit
  • Follow site arrangements
  • communicated via Onboard

13
OnboardThe Tourism Operators Handbook for the
Great Barrier Reef
14
Managing in Partnership
  • Based on common goals
  • Management gets
  • Presentation of Reef
  • Advice and support
  • Money
  • Industry gets
  • A healthy reef
  • Commercially responsive management
  • A say in management

15
Encouraging Best Practice
  • Certification
  • Business Incentives for High Standards
  • Codes of conduct
  • Operator training and education
  • Eyes and ears of the reef

16
Encouraging rewarding high standards
  • Benefits to certified operators
  • Longer term permits
  • Showcasing
  • Strong interest
  • 30 operations, 52 products
  • One third of visitors

17
Promoting High Standard Operators
18
Conclusion
  • We are committed to partnership
  • Both need the Reef
  • Tourism a key performance Indicator
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