Great Barrier Reef danger – the world is watching us closely 54



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The World Heritage Committee has ruled that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, one of the great natural wonders of the world, is not now to be classed as endangered. It remains, however, on watch. And the world is watching us very closely.

UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee is meeting now in Bonn, Germany. At the previous meeting three years ago we were threatened with the reef being placed on the UNESCO Endangered List. How did we do?

World delegates were pleased with Australia’s commitment to saving the Great Barrier Reef, though we remain on notice, lest it be classed as endangered for the 2020 UNESCO conference.

What was clear is just how important the world regards ‘our’ reef. Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef Minister Steven Miles had this to say:

The only surprise really was just how positively every member country spoke, which is, I’m told, a rare thing and a big deal.

“The World Heritage Committee wants hard evidence that Australia is delivering outcomes in coming years,” said Dermot O’Gorman, WWF-Australia’s chief executive.

Our future plan for protection and preservation

Much of the hope for Australia’s care of the reef stems from the government’s Reef 2050 Plan, an “overarching framework for protecting and managing the Great Barrier Reef from 2015 to 2050.” It is this plan that has been submitted to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

Significant aspects of the Reef 2050 Plan include which banning the dumping at sea of dredge spoil, limiting port development along the Queensland coast, and cleaning up any water running onto the reef.

“The Great Barrier Reef is Australia’s greatest natural icon,” said Greg Hunt, federal environment minister.

Hunt tried to somewhat diminish it as not simply a Great Barrier Reef problem, but that all reefs have “… real challenges such as climate change and water quality”.

Mr Hunt told the committee that Australian governments had already committed $2 billion to protect the reef over the next 10 years, and that an additional $8 million would be added for “enhanced reef monitoring”.

“It has taken significant work but Australia can proudly say that we have already implemented all of the committee’s recommendations,” he said, adding the “interest and advice on the reef has allowed us to do in 18 months what might otherwise have taken a decade”, said Mr Hunt.

So far I’ve had a few days on Lady Elliot Island, and I hope the have the chance to visit other parts of the reef, and it looking good, in both the near and distant future.

How important do you regard efforts to save the Great Barrier Reef? Have you visited any part of the reef – if so where, and what did you think?



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  1. Actually the people who live up there say the reef is in great shape but the activists who don’t live there say it’s not— wonder why that is???

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    • Global control over our country’s coastline. “They”, aided and abetted by the Green/Environmentalist(the mental nutcases) are simply taking over our natural resources inch by inch and now yard by yard. Soon, through “their” lies and propaganda, we won’t be able to put in a fishing line and eat fresh wild fish caught off our shores, but instead be fed toxic farmed GMO fish. And we dumbly and stupidly allow it?
      It’s all about the MONEY and control people!

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      • Hmmmm! Well then why have over 550, 00 people from all over the globe, 177 countries including Australia, probably many of them once admiring and appreciative tourists to the Reef, signed a petition that was recently submitted to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee. An organisation that has studied and monitored the Reef for years, first hand by the way, to continue to have it protected, and in fact to help save it. Because the facts are that parts of the Reef are dying, and other parts have already died. It’s time we all throw off selfish concerns and become more informed by listening to those who know what is really happening with the Reef. People like World Heritage and it’s entourage of world wide supporters (those mental nut cases you mentioned previously), and less to the lies and evasions of the LNP.

    • Does anybody know a tourist operator or local businessman who is going to say “Don’t bother coming. The reef’s not like it used to be”? Both sides over exaggerate for the sake of their cause. Probably the truth is somewhere in the middle.

    • I used to live in Cairns as a kid, and would often go over to Green Island for holidays, and Port Douglas, when there was hardly anything there but sand flies, and up to Kuranda in the steam train to the Barron Falls. I visited again a few years ago and could not believe that the reef could change so much. I remembered the reef teeming with fish, but there were hardly any around, and the colours of the coral had faded, due to shallow water and sun damage, and when I went to the Barron Falls, I was very disappointed due to the lack of flowing water due to the river being damed. It is still worth seeing, but it is nothing on what it was 55 years ago.

    • Did I see on this site, that the Govt were thinking of allowing mining in the areas around the Great Barrier Reef? I would not call this action, taking care of a world heritage site!

  2. I just hope this doesn’t bring about complacency.

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    • By far the greater majority of Australians place a very high value on our mysterious and beautiful Australian environment and it’s good that some within our own community are passionate about its welfare but inaccurate propaganda playing to some venerable Australians to win financial and political support for a hidden but wider leftist political agenda
      does nothing to benefit our environment long term and splits our communities between those who have been sucked in by the propaganda and those who live with, love and understand what is proven to be best management.

  3. a lot of these so called experts only see photos of what might have happened in a very small area of the reef, they should be diving off the western australian coast to see a reef 3 times the size of the great barrier, but they will not of course because they sit in an office somwhere in the northern bit of the world , tens of thousands of kilometers away from our reef , telling us we should be doing more to look after it, i think these sort of experts should go whistle dixi up one another where the sun dont shine

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    • Tens of thousands? Try less than 15,000 km . How do you know how well traveled or what sort of scientific experts are delivering information there? You’re the one whistling in the dark.

    • and what dam bullshit is coming out of your mouth leone ne O this rubbish you push has been around for over 40 years

  4. Only if we stop increasing mining, and even then there are problems with climate change. What a shame australia is ‘in charge’ of it. Anywhere else it would be valued.

  5. And we get screamed at about our air quality and other things , tell them to go jump and take a better look at India and China and so forth.

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