The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Reef Guardian program recognises the good environmental work undertaken by communities and industries to protect the Great Barrier Reef.

The program involves working closely with those who use and rely on the Reef, or its catchment, for recreation or business, to help build a healthier and more resilient Reef.

The program demonstrates a hands-on, community-based approach can make a real difference to the health and resilience of the Reef. Reef Guardians are taking on voluntary actions beyond what is required by law and sharing information. These actions will help to improve the economic sustainability of industries operating in the Great Barrier Reef Region and ensure the environmental sustainability of the Marine Park.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s Reef Guardian stewardship program began in 2003, working with schools to encourage the community to take action for a healthier Reef. The Reef Guardian Schools initiative currently has more than 270 schools, 7400 teachers and 120,000 students involved in building the Reef’s resilience.

In 2007 the initiative was expanded to include local government councils along the Great Barrier Reef coast through the Reef Guardian Councils program.

The Reef Guardian Fishers and Reef Guardian Farmers and Graziers programs were launched in 2011 to engage with industries connected to the Reef. For more information on the program contact the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Monitoring Organisation Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority

Name David Wachenfeld

Phone 07 4750 0896


Position in organisation Director Reef Recovery, Biodiversity, Conservation & Sustainable Use

Activity Type educational initiatives (e.g. schools programs, community initiatives)

Activity Indicators water quality in freshwater river basins

Activity location Don catchment, O'Connell catchment, Pioneer catchment, Plane catchment, Proserpine catchment

Frequency of monitoring

Monitoring Start Date 01/01/2003


Location of monitoring data

Date quality / confidence

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