Governments still on probation over Great Barrier Reef World Heritage status

  • Australia must report to UNESCO in February 2025 on further progress to better protect Great Barrier Reef
  • UNESCO recommends the Australian Govt does more to battle climate change, lifting greenhouse gas reduction targets in line with keeping average global temperature rise to 1.5oC – a critical threshold for coral reefs
  • UNESCO recommends Queensland and federal governments strengthen controls to stop clearing of high-quality vegetation in Reef catchments, especially along watercourse and in controversial Category X lands
  • Reef has suffered worst summer on record with cyclones, severe flooding and fifth mass bleaching event in past eight years – the most extreme and widespread

For a third successive year, the Australian and Queensland governments have been put on probation for their management of the health of the Great Barrier Reef with the Reef sufferings its fifth mass bleaching event in eight years, the Australian Marine Conservation Society said after World Heritage advisers UNESCO recommended yet another review of the Reef’s health next year.

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