UNESCO to increase pressure on Australia over Great Barrier Reef
Phnom Penh. UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee on Tuesday increased pressure on the Australian government to conserve the Great Barrier Reef.
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Although Australia has made some progress in protecting the Great Barrier Reef, „some issues still need to be addressed more forcefully,“ Marc Patry, programme specialist at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre, told dpa.
The situation is „complicated,“ he said, and the natural resources in the area are an „obstacle“ to its conservation, Patry said.
By 2014, Australia has to improve water quality monitoring and limit port development to existing port areas, according to the World Heritage Committee.
Patry added that an „in danger“ listing should not be seen as punishment, but as a tool to increase public support for conservation.
The site encompasses the world’s largest coral reef. The more than 3,000 individual reef systems and coral cays, and hundreds of tropical islands, contain an abundance of marine life.
Among the 38 World Heritage sites currently listed as „in danger“ are the Everglades National park in Florida and the Old City of Jerusalem.
The 21-member committee is to debate the status of 30 cultural and natural sites, including the Mount Etna volcano in Italy, until Sunday.
Author | Sarah Thust
Last Update | 18.06.2013
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