Queensland won’t meet Reef protection requirements; Kerri-Anne Mesner; Rockhampton Morning Bulletin

Australia – Great Barrier Reef

THE Great Barrier Reef is a hot topic in Paris this morning with parties unable to agree if a draft plan to help the water world recover is enough.

UNESCO has expressed “serious concern” about the bleaching death of coral on the Great Barrier Reef caused by climate change, in a report released in Paris at the UN World Heritage Committee meeting.

The body, which advises the World Heritage Committee, says key targets in Australia’s rescue plan – Reef 2050 – “are not expected to be achieved” and is urging Australia “to accelerate efforts”.

The draft decision released in Paris overnight, “welcomes the progress made with the inception and initial implementation of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (2050 LTSP) and the establishment of the Investment Framework, and expresses its appreciation for the significant efforts by all those involved in the implementation of the 2050 LTSP.”



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