"The Australian government on Tuesday expressed shock at a draft decision to
list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”. But the recommendation has been
looming for some time.
The recommendation, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural
Organisation (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature
(IUCN), acknowledges Australia’s commitment to implementing the Reef 2050 Plan,
an overarching framework to protect the natural wonder for future generations.
But the “outstanding universal value” of the Great Barrier Reef has continued
The draft decision will now be considered at the World Heritage Committee
meeting, to be held online next month. The development is significant for
several reasons – not least that Australia’s progress under the Paris Agreement
is being linked to its stewardship of the reef."
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