The RRAP Investment Case and Concept Feasibility Study reports

RRAP Directory of concept feasibility reports

In 2018, the Australian Government provided $6M for the Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program (RRAP) study into the feasibility of intervening at scale on the Great Barrier Reef to help it recover from, and adapt to, the effects of climate change.

Modelling and analysis by our partnership of leading Australian researchers found the Great Barrier Reef would need a large-scale, integrated approach to help protect and restore it, as well as assistance to help it adapt to the impacts of climate change.

In a business case presented to government in December 2019, RRAP outlined the significant research and development (R&D) effort required to apply rigorous testing and risk assessment to potential intervention methods.

These methods would form a toolkit of safe, acceptable interventions that could be implemented at an effective scale if, when and where it was decided action was needed. This would allow Reef managers and users to plan for a more optimistic future.

This suite of interventions would take an integrated three-point approach to helping the Great Barrier Reef:

  • Cooling and shading to help protect it from the impacts of climate change
  • Assisting Reef species to evolve and adapt to the changing environment, and minimise the need for ongoing intervention
  • Restoring damaged and degraded reefs.

This ambitious undertaking would require not only our best minds working in partnership across many organisations and fields of expertise, but importantly, the input and support of Traditional Owners, Reef communities and industries and the wider Australian public.

The analysis found effective intervention strategies, combined with carbon emissions reduction and best-practice conventional management, could double the likelihood of sustaining the Reef in good condition to 2050.

Potential returns to Australia through economic activity, jobs, community development and capacity-building were conservatively estimated to be in the tens of billions of dollars, many times greater than the required investment.

The RRAP R&D Program will place Australia as the global leader in coral reef adaptation and restoration. It will open opportunities to partner internationally and export our know-how to other countries whose reefs face similar challenges.

RRAP R&D Program
The interventions being investigated

RRAP Investment Case

Investment Case

The overarching case for investing in a comprehensive R&D program to provide options to help protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef from the impacts of climate change. It includes a summary of the findings of the RRAP Concept Feasibility Program, a fully costed R&D program designed to provide policymakers with investment-ready interventions, and an optimal governance and program management structure to deliver it.

Recommendation reports

Technical reports

T7: Decision Support Findings

Discussions on how the broader decision-support system needs will be met were continuing at the time of the release of the RRAP reports and involve multiple stakeholders and research providers. Given this, the recommendations in this report are now obsolete.

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