By: Jon C. Day
Organisation: ARC Centre for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University
Location: Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia
21 July 2016
Community information sessions were held in centres along the coast. They enabled all interested to provide their views to planners in a more interactive way. © GBRMPA
Summary: This solution ensured the local communities were actively engaged throughout the most recent planning process for the GBR Marine Park. Going above and beyond what is normally required for public engagement in the legislation guaranteed high legitimacy for this planning process. It also provided detailed information for the park planners, and facilitated the engagement of many others (locally, nationally or internationally) which subsequently led to a better planning process overall.