Government Failures Put Reef World Heritage Status “on the Line”

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The failure of Australia and Queensland Government has put the Great Barrier Reef into risk. It is observed to have reached the point where the possibility of it being listed in World Heritage in Danger list is greater. Words are delivered effectively by the government in working on protecting the reef however actions are of another way around. Thus, in June final decision on classifying the reef under the “Danger” list will be done by the UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee meeting up in Doha, Qatar. Significant improvement is anticipated otherwise the reef will be officially known for the damaged condition. Such situation shaped due to the failure in fulfilling seven recommendations upon the Committee’s request. Apart from the embarrassment the nation and the people need to bear, Australia tourism industry will be at stake as the reef is one of the best attraction in Australia.

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UNESCO, the United Nations (UN) agency that inculcates education, communication, and arts serves its purpose to conserve and preserve the world heritage. In 1981, the Great Barrier Reef was selected as World Heritage (Australian Government- Department of the Environment: Great Barrier Reef Has Lost Half Its Corals Since 1985, New Study Says, n.d). For years being one of the sources for the region economic growth, generation of over $3 billion yearly (Australian Government- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority: Measuring the Economic and Financial Value of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, 2005) might cost Australia tourism industry a lot. Located at the south of Southeast Asia, apart from koala bears and kangaroos, The Great Barriers Reef is also the center of attraction for Australia. As tourism is greatly affected to and by the economic, environmental, and socio-political activities, enthusiasm for tourists visit may…...

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