UNESCO Decision - GBR NOT under threat
Jul 06, 2015
After much media and public scrutiny, UNESCO's World Heritage Committee has unanimously decided to not place the Great Barrier Reef on its world heritage 'in danger’ list.
The decision recognised the significant work by the Australian and Queensland governments to further protect and manage the Great Barrier Reef including the development of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.
The governments will provide the World Heritage Committee with an update on progress with implementing the Reef 2050 Plan in 2017.
Why does this matter for the Burnett Mary Region? The Burnett Mary Region is the southernmost of the Reef catchments. Our region's rivers and streams flow into the Southern Great Barrier Reef lagoon; home to important marine ecosystems including sea grass beds, important habitat for endangered species such as loggerhead and other marine turtles and as such has a major role to play particularly in the water quality targets listed under the Reef 2050 Plan.
For more information on the decision and other matters concerning the reef click here
Map: courtesy www.reefplan.qld.gov.au