Program 10 'Socio-economic value of Great Barrier Reef goods and services'

Program 10 will have two projects designed to capture social and economic information from Great Barrier Reef industries and coastal communities. One will be the start of a long-term compilation and tracking of essential socio-economic indicators to detect spatial and temporal trends in human uses of the region and to monitor variations in economic activity. Both will be useful in forecasting trends and providing the human dimension to scenario planning by coastal managers. The design of the database will be determined by close consultation with managers and other end-users including all levels of government. The second project will explore the social and economic valuation of environment assets in the GBRMP from the point of view of the ecosystems ability to supply sustainable ecological goods and services.