Australia may have had enough support to delay a decision by UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee to designate the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site at risk.
The committee will decide in principle on the proposal on Friday, but Australia has submitted an appendix, backed by 12 of the 21 members of the World Heritage Committee, more specifically opposing declaring coral reefs in danger. According to the additional proposal, they prefer to make a decision on this issue only in 2023. Australia has done everything it can to prevent the Great Barrier Reef from being reclassified as an endangered world heritage site, as it fears it will weaken the tourism power of its natural wonders.
They started pressing at the last moment to avoid it World Heritage Reduction: The Minister of Environment was sent to Paris to meet with UNESCO officials, and a diving trip to the reefs was organized for key ambassadors last week.
The Great Barrier Reef has been inscribed on the World Heritage List since 1981. It is one of the seven World Heritage sites that could be endangered due to environmental damage, over-development, over-tourism or security concerns. (CNN/ MTI)