The human dimension of improving Reef water quality: a baseline of landholder attitudes

Tropical Water Quality Hub research on the attitudes of farmers and other landholders has been used by the Queensland government to help managers of the Great Barrier Reef track progress toward meeting water quality improvement targets. A project led by Prof Lynne Eagle at James Cook University is surveying land managers and extension officers in Great Barrier Reef catchments to evaluate how effectively water quality improvement programs are being ‘marketed’ to them. Dr Bruce Taylor at CSIRO has used these outputs to produce a baseline report that informs the design of social indicators to track landholder engagement in water quality improvement against the Reef 2050 goals. This report was delivered to the Queensland Government’s Office of the Great Barrier Reef  and published under the Reef Water Quality Science Program.