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The Reef Authority acknowledges the release of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre’s draft decision that does not recommend placing the Great Barrier Reef on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

The draft decision acknowledges the measures Australia is taking to protect the Reef. The recommendation demonstrates that Australia is heading in the right direction. 

Climate change is the greatest threat to the Great Barrier Reef. Only the strongest and fastest possible actions to decrease global greenhouse gas emissions will reduce the risks and limit the impacts of climate change on the Reef, and all the world’s coral reefs.  

Now more than ever, it is crucial that we continue to align our actions and share our knowledge and resources to build the resilience of the Reef. 

The Reef Authority will continue its world-class protection of the Reef and work with our Australian and Queensland government partners to address the threats posed by climate change, water quality and fishing.

Questions about the Australian Government’s position on the draft recommendation not to list the Great Barrier Reef as World Heritage in Danger should be directed to the office of the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Tanya Plibersek.

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Updated 1 Aug 2023
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