Australia will resolutely object to Unesco’s plan to list the Great Barrier Reef as a World Heritage Site “threatened by climate change,” the government admitted on Tuesday.

Unesco’s own decisions are to be taken next month by the World Heritage Committee.

Dr. Jon Day, a former Australian public officials at more then 10 World Heritage sessions, said only three of the 12 countries that signed the letter were current voting members of the 21-nation committee, Hungary, Spain, and Thai.

The downgrade recommendation for the Great Barrier Reef caused environmental groups to take aim at the Australian government’s unwillingness to do more to rein in climate change.

“flawed approach … without adequate consultation”Sussan Ley

Australian Environment Minister Sussan Ley said Canberra would challenge the advice, adding it was built on a “flawed approach … without adequate consultation”

According to Unesco, some nations have added their sites to commune international attention and contribute to its rescue, but others consider this a disgrace.

Australia’s Environment Minister Sussan Ley, left, addresses the media during a press conference at the Parliament building in Canberra.

The Climate Policy Council said it was bringing “shame on the federal government, which is standing by as the reef declines rather than fighting to protect it”

Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,300 kilometres over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres (wikipedia)

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World Heritage Site

A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area with legal protection by an international convention administered by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization . (wikipedia)

Scott Morrison

Scott John Morrison is an Australian politician who is the 30th and current Prime Minister of Australia. (wikipedia)

World Heritage Committee

The World Heritage Committee selects the sites to be listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the World Heritage List and the List of World Heritage in Danger, (wikipedia)

World Heritage in Danger

The List of World Heritage in Danger is compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization through the World Heritage Committee according to Article 11. (wikipedia)

Minister for the Environment (Australia)

The Australian Minister for the Environment is The Hon. Sussan Ley MP since May 2019. (wikipedia)

International Union for Conservation of Nature

The International Union for Conservation of Nature is an international organization working in the field of nature conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. (wikipedia)

World Heritage Sites in the United Kingdom

The United Nations Educational, (wikipedia)

World Heritage Sites in Oceania

A World Heritage Site is a location that is listed by UNESCO as having outstanding cultural or natural value to the common heritage of humanity. (wikipedia)