Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan
The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan (Reef 2050 WQIP) is a joint commitment of the Australian and Queensland Governments that seeks to improve the quality of water flowing from the catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef.
The plan builds on 15 years of efforts by governments at all levels working in partnership with landholders, natural resource managers, industry, research and conservation groups through successive reef water quality plans.
It recognises a number of different sources of water pollution including run-off from urban, industrial and public land, while acknowledging that the majority of water pollution arises from agricultural activities. It includes social, cultural and economic values for the first time, playing a critical role in the plan's success.
DAF has responsibilities under the plan to provide producers and extension providers with information about improved management practices and encourage the uptake of sustainable and profitable land management practice which aid in delivering improved water quality.
Extension in reef catchments
The department offers a range of extension services and programs to support growers and graziers to adopt better business and farming practices within reef catchments.
The Enhanced Extension Coordination program operates throughout the reef catchment and provides a network of Regional Extension Coordinators working to improve collaboration and improve the delivery of extension services to achieve Reef 2050 WQIP targets.
Monitoring the success of Reef Plan
Progress towards the Reef 2050 WQIP targets is measured by the Paddock to Reef program which is an integrated monitoring, modelling and reporting program. DAF collects and reports information on the adoption of best management practices for the Reef report cards.