Government Invests in Reef to Keep it Off UNESCO List
Dominique Niere reports.
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The federal government is moving to protect the Great Barrier Reef after it narrowly avoided landing on UNESCO’s ‘in danger’ list last month.
It is investing $1 billion into projects including the Queensland Government’s Steambank Remediation Program and the CSIRO’s Aquawatch Australia Mission.
Some significant threats to the reef are sediment and nutrient run-off into its water catchments.
UNESCO has put Australia on notice, with federal environment minister Tanya Plibersek stressing “Australia is once again serious about protecting the reef”.