Australia Lobbies Against Placing Great Barrier Reef on 'In Danger' List
Australia has bumped heads with UNESCO over their recommendation to downgrade GBR onto the 'in danger' list, Australian government lobbies against the decision.
With the rise of global warming, one of the world's most beautiful heritages faces unprecedented harm. The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, which stretches down the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef is home to over 9,000 species of wildlife - however, it suffers from coral bleaching as a result of climate change.
However, according to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation, the heritage site faces threats that not only could cause the reef to wither but also to be officially endangered, potentially endangering the lives of said 9,000 species.
Recently, Australia has bumped heads with UNESCO over their recommendation to downgrade GBR onto the 'in danger' list - an unprecedented move against a heritage site due to the effects of climate change. This is despite UNESCO reviewing Australia's 'Reef 2020' plan to improve the quality of regional waters.
According to UNESCO's Dr. Fanny Douvere and Tim Badman from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the reef is without a doubt in danger and meets all the criteria for the committee's danger list.
The World Heritage Committee, a governing body for UNESCO consisting of 21 countries, refuted placing GBR on the danger list, especially after vigorous lobbying efforts by Australia to keep the heritage site off the list.
The rising temperatures in 2016, 2017, and 2020 due to climate change have caused the bleaching to escalate greatly.
It is noteworthy to state that Australia is a key exporter of iron ore, coal, and petroleum, which contribute to coral bleaching.