A synthesis of the findings of the Reef Rescue R&D projects is provided in the Final Program Report. You can download the report here.
All of the Reef Rescue R&D projects have delivered Research Outcomes Reports. You can access these reports from each project page, or download them here.
Summarised, easy to read fact sheets have been prepared for some projects, and can be downloaded here.
Reef Rescue R&D project and program updates are available here.
Reef Rescue R&D will be implemented in collaboration with several key related research and monitoring programs. These include the Reef Plan, Paddock to Reef Integrated Monitoring, Modelling and Reporting Program, the Reef Protection Package research program, the National Environmental Research Program Tropical Ecosystems Hub, the Great Barrier Reef Foundation's eReefs initiative and a range of industry research programs. Collectively, these programs will support the implementation and evaluation of the Reef Water Quality Protection Plan and the measurement of progress towards achievement of the water quality targets defined for Reef Rescue and Reef Plan.
As part of the role of the RRRC in coordinating and integrating Reef Rescue R&D, a Research Linkages Report has been prepared. This report provides a summary of research links between Reef Rescue R&D projects and activities underway across the Great Barrier Reef and its catchments.
In 2014-2015, a number R&D topics and supporting science synthesis and integration activities were funded by the Reef Programme under the Australian Government's National Landcare programme.
Reef Rescue was a five year, $200 million investment by the Australian Government under its Caring for our Country initiative which commenced in 2008. Reef Rescue's objective was to 'improve the water quality entering the Great Barrier Reef by increasing the adoption rate of improved land management practices that reduce the run-off of nutrients, pesticides and sediments from agricultural lands'. By 2013, the Caring for our Country Reef Rescue program aimed to:
Reef Rescue was made up of five integrated components that worked together over five years (2008-2013) to achieve its objective and outcomes: Water Quality Grants, Reef Partnerships, Land and Sea Country Indigenous Partnerships, Reef Water Quality Research and Development and Water Quality Monitoring and Reporting.
The majority of Reef Rescue funds were allocated to Water Quality Incentive Grants to support voluntary action by farmers and land managers in catchments draining to the Great Barrier Reef lagoon. Read more
The Australian Government’s Reef Programme builds on the success of Reef Rescue (2008–2013) where more than 3200 land managers received water quality grants for on-farm projects to adopt better land management practices and improve quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef lagoon.
The programme continues to support land managers to adopt improved land management practices that will reduce the discharge of nutrients, sediments and pesticides into the reef lagoon, as well as supporting a broad range of managers and researchers across the Great Barrier Reef catchment, including urban areas, to address the threats of declining water quality and climate variability.
The programme is made up of several integrated components:
Over the next five years (2013–2018), the programme has already contracted the delivery of approximately $142 million to support the health of the Reef. Read more