The Great Barrier Reef is under serious threat, as the coral-bleaching crisis continues to unfold. These problems are caused by global climate change, but our ability to react to them – or prevent more harm – is clouded by a tangled web of bureaucracy.
Published this week, my latest research shows the increasingly complex systems for governing the Reef are becoming less effective.
Earlier this month, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the National Coral Reef Taskforce confirmed that a second wave of mass bleaching is now unfolding on the Reef. The same week, the Australian government quietly announced an unexpected review of the governance of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
This most recent coral bleaching crisis brings the governance of the reef into stark relief.
How did we get here?
Yet this problem didn’t always exist.