Great Barrier Reef to lose World Heritage Status?01/02/2013 10:38:52 Great Barrier Reef scorecard highlights risk to World Heritage Status - Australian Government put on red alert
February 2013. As part of their joint Fight for the Reef campaign, WWF-Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society have released a scorecard assessing the performance of both the Queensland and Australian Governments' management of the Great Barrier Reef.
Last year, UNESCO gave Australia a deadline to outline how it would better manage the Reef, noting that a failure to make ‘substantial progress' would jeopardise its world heritage status. That deadline has expired.
WWF's Campaign Director, Richard Leck said each government was judged on a set of criteria based on the World Heritage Committee's list of recommendations.
$6 billion Reef Tourism
"The sheer size and speed of port and associated development along the Reef coast is unprecedented. There's more dredging, more ships and more turtles and coral dying. We also have significant concerns that instead of strengthening legislation to protect the Reef, the Queensland Government has moved to weaken legislation, which flies in the face of the World Heritage Committee's recommendations." Mr Leck said.
WWF and AMCS are calling on both governments to immediately implement a moratorium on approvals for all new major development until there is a sustainable and well-funded plan for the Reef's future. The groups are also calling on the Australian Government to commit $500 million to reduce Reef pollution.