A new report from UNESCO recommends that Australia’s Great Barrier Reef be put on an “in danger” list.
The report, released earlier this week, “decides to inscribe the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) on the List of World Heritage in Danger.”
UNESCO’s report calls on Australia “to ensure that the revised Reef 2050 Plan, expected to be finalized in 2021, fully incorporates the conclusions of the 2019 GBR Outlook Report that accelerated action at all possible levels is required to address the threat from climate change, in accordance with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change (2015), and to urgently create opportunities for recovery of the property, in particular with regard to water quality.”
Additionally, UNESCO wants Australia “to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN Reactive Monitoring mission to develop a set of corrective measures and a Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger (DSOCR), centred around ensuring that the revised Reef 2050 Plan addresses the threat posed to the property by climate change and determines a pathway for accelerated actions in other areas affecting the conservation of the property.”
Check out the full report at unesco.org.