The Plan builds on the three-year comprehensive strategic assessments that examined the status and trends of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area’s environmental values including its Outstanding Universal Value.

The Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan is intended to identify areas of action from the comprehensive strategic assessment and will seek to address gaps for future management of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

The Plan contains an outcomes framework that is hoped will drive progress towards the overarching vision:

In 2050 the Great Barrier Reef continues to demonstrate the Outstanding Universal Value for which it was listed as a World Heritage Area and supports a wide range of sustainable economic, social, cultural and traditional activities.”