"The recommendation from UNESCO is clear and unequivocal that the Australian government is not doing enough to protect our greatest natural asset, especially on climate change," Head of Oceans for the World Wide Fund for Nature-Australia Richard Leck said.
However, the Australian government stated that it will “strongly oppose” this recommendation.
"Climate change is the single biggest threat to all of the world's reef ecosystems... and there are 83 natural World Heritage properties facing climate change threats so it's not fair to simply single out Australia," Environment minister Sussan Ley said.
In her address to the parliament, she underlined that “it is incorrect to put the best-managed reef in the world on this potential list “in danger”.
In 2017, UNESCO wanted to put the Great Barrier Reef in the list of sites that “are in danger”; however, it did not take place, enabling the authorities of Australia to show the progress in the improvement of the reef’s state. The recent report of UNESCO notes that despite the efforts of the government, the key points on the improvement of the water quality in the reef were not reached.
As we reported, First Deputy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Emine Japarova informed UNESCO representatives about the destruction of World Heritage sites by the occupation authorities in Crimea.