Abstract: This PhD aims to utilise experience from the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), in order to 1) assess the significant lessons learnt over 30+ years of conservation planning and management in the GBR, and in particular reflect on the lessons from the Representative Areas Program (RAP) and the consequent rezoning which today are widely recognized as an effective approach to broad area marine conservation; and 2) predict what should be considered prior to any future zoning programs in the GBR.
Many of the lessons learnt in the GBR have implications for more effective management of marine protected areas (MPAs) elsewhere but to date some key aspects, such as the role of leadership and politics, have yet to be effectively analysed or documented. In addition there are many misunderstandings/challenges about planning and managing large MPAs so key elements will be analysed along with their implications for new/emerging large MPAs elsewhere in the world.
Biography: Jon Day has 39 years of professional experience as a natural protected area planner and manager (both terrestrial and marine), 28 years of which has been in the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) Marine Park. Jon joined GBR Marine Park Authority in 1986, and has had a variety of roles over the years including field management, planning and world heritage. Between 1998 and 2003, Jon was the Director responsible for the Representative Areas Program (RAP), the major rezoning program undertaken for the entire GBR. He has recently commenced a PhD in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, jointly supervised by Bob Pressey and Helene Marsh