The Wet Tropics Report Card is part of a system of report cards that are reporting on progress being made towards the Reef 2050 Long-term Sustainability Plan, Australia’s overarching framework for protecting the Great Barrier Reef until 2050.
The Great Barrier Reef Report Card is the main report card produced each year to assess the combined results of all Reef Plan activities.
The primary source of agricultural data for the Reef Report Card is the Paddock to Reef modelling program.
NRM bodies, industry organisations, QDAF and other agencies and projects collect farming practice information from farmers who are engaged in Reef programs. Data is collected initially and again after undergoing improvements in farm management. This information is pooled by catchment so it is kept anonymous but allows us to assess the effect of changes on the ground.
The results are based on reported improvements and are analysed to show an estimate of the annual average reduction in pollutant loads entering the Great Barrier Reef from agriculture.
Obtaining accurate information is vital for us to understand what is happening on the ground so we can tell the story about the impacts of improved farming practices.
Regional Report Cards
We are now also able to measure the specific progress we are making within the Wet Tropics region.
The Wet Tropics Report Card allows us to track trends in catchment conditions and the health of rivers, estuaries, wetlands and near shore coastal and marine environments.
Importantly, it covers all land uses, not just agriculture.
Besides enabling us to assess individual catchments in our region, this report card is a mechanism for unifying the community on waterway health.
The Wet Tropics Healthy Waterways Partnership now has over 50 partners from a diverse range of organisations across industry, research, all levels of government, the business sector and community conservation groups.
All of these partners share a common vision and recognise the need to work together to improve the health of waterways flowing into the Great Barrier Reef.