World Heritage Committee draft decision: statement

Published: 02/06/2015

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority strongly welcomes the World Heritage Committee’s draft decision to recommend that the Great Barrier Reef retains its world heritage listing.

Australia has delivered a strong, positive response to address the committee’s concerns and to enhance protection of this globally important ecosystem. 

Acknowledging the pressures facing the Reef, Australia has strengthened its legal protection — one major example is the move to ban the disposal of capital dredge material in Great Barrier Reef waters.

The Australian and Queensland governments have also developed the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan, which was a key request of the World Heritage Committee, and backed it with significant investment into the future.

We welcome the advice and cooperation of the World Heritage Centre and its key advisor, the IUCN. They have played an important role in helping Australia maintain the outstanding universal value of the Reef. 

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority takes its role as caretakers of this amazing and diverse place very seriously. 

Our highest priority in the coming years will be to successfully deliver our commitments in the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan and to continue our ongoing work to protect this natural icon for future generations. 

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