Statement: World Heritage Committee final decision

Published: 01/07/2015

We are delighted with the World Heritage Committee’s final decision that sees the Great Barrier Reef retain its world heritage listing.

This decision recognises the strong steps the Australian and Queensland governments are taking to protect one of the world’s greatest natural assets. This includes the vital work of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and its partners in Reef management.

Over the next 35 years, Reef protection and management will be guided by the Australian and Queensland governments’ Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan.

We welcome the Australian Government’s $8 million investment in the Reef-wide monitoring and reporting programme, which is being administered by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

We are working with the Queensland Government and partners to implement this programme which will ensure we capture the information critical to understanding the health trends of the Reef and the pressures affecting it, enabling us to keep the world informed of Australia’s progress in protecting this international treasure.

Our focus now is to build on 40 years of innovative reef management. We will continue working with our partners including Traditional Owners, government, industry and the community to deliver a strong field management program and reduce the impacts of the crown of thorns starfish, marine debris and habitat loss.

It is our privilege and great responsibility to manage this complex and diverse marine area, truly one of the world’s best loved natural icons.

We appreciate the collaboration with the World Heritage Centre, IUCN and experts from Member Countries. Their interest and advice has assisted in protecting the Reef for future generations. 


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