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”
This is what it looks like when coral spawns in the Great Barrier Reef pic.twitter.com/VC6K8XwMXQ
— National Geographic (@NatGeo) June 22, 2021