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Deferred decision on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef


At today's meetings of the World Heritage Committee, a decision on whether to inscribe Australia’s Great Barrier Reef on the List of World Heritage in Danger was deferred for 12 months.

The Committee’s concerns over the site relate to planned coastal developments, mainly the development of ports and liquefied natural gas facilities. The committee asked Australia to prepare and submit an updated report on the state of conservation of the site, by February 1st 2015.

The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1981 and covers an area of 348,000 square kilometres along the north-eastern coastline of Australia. The site contains 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc.


Great Barrier Reef (image courtesy of Evergreen)




UNESCO is confident the overall direction towards next year’s decision is a positive one
Kishore Rao, World Heritage Centre Director

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