Australia’s $60 million plan to save the Great Barrier Reef dismissed; Vaidehi Shah; Eco Business

Australia – Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government has unveiled a $60 million funding package to protect the Great Barrier Reef from pollution and coral-eating organisms, and fund research. But environmentalists have slammed the plan for ignoring climate change.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Monday announced A$60 million in funding for an 18-month programme to help restore the health of the ailing Great Barrier Reef, but conservation and climate change activists have slammed the announcement as “nowhere near enough” to solve the problem.

Announced in a speech at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Queensland, the commitment will see A$10.4 million (US$8.3 million) spent on increasing the number of vessels that control populations of the coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish; A$36.6 million to incentivise farmers to reduce soil erosion and the amount of pollutants being washed into the ocean, and A$4.9 million to have more officers to monitor water quality and the health of the reef.

Source: Australia’s $60 million plan to save the Great Barrier Reef dismissed

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