UNESCO ‘doesn’t buy government spin’ on Reef

A Greenpeace report on dangers to the Great Barrier Reef.

A Greenpeace report on dangers to the Great Barrier Reef.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has presented a draft decision on the world heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef. It recommends adding the reef to the World Heritage In Danger list in 2015. 

Environment group Save the Reef urged the Queensland government to strengthen promises to protect North Curtis Island and the Fitzroy delta as soon as possible to avoid the listing in 2015.

‘It is also important to rescind the approval for a fourth LNG plant on Curtis Island,’ Save the Reef spokesperson Dr Andrew Jeremijenko said.

‘UNESCO specifically mentioned that it was concerned about this and the approval of dredging at Abbot Point.’

‘The only reason the fourth plant has not proceeded is because Shell concluded it was not financially viable in the present economic climate.

‘If Shell’s analysis changes, then this will be one more cumulative impact inhibiting reef resilience.’

UNESCO pointed to the lack of recovery of inshore reefs in the southern two-thirds of the GBR owing to past disturbances.

It also expressed concern about state and federal governments giving these approvals before strategic assessment and a long-term plan for sustainable development had been undertaken.

‘We need a real plan of action with concrete, measurable actions as soon as possible,’ Dr Jeremijenko said.

‘That includes legislating protection of the Fitzroy Delta and North Curtis Island before the end of 2014.

‘Unless such a plan is available for public scrutiny as soon as possible we fear that it will not be sufficiently robust to meet world heritage standards.

‘UNESCO has presented an excellent analysis of reef threats and has not been persuaded by government spin.’

Save the Reef spokesperson Libby Connors pointed out this statement backs the position of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, not Qld environment minister Andrew Powell, who attacked the company earlier in the week over their concern about the state of the reef.


5 responses to “UNESCO ‘doesn’t buy government spin’ on Reef”

  1. Barry Dean says:

    Ummmmmm, UNESCO who do you think you are? This is not your country, you have no jurisdiction here. We know the history of your founders. Mind your own business

  2. Leslie S says:

    Yes you might as well get use to it the Great Barrier Reef is a burden on progress and without a shadow of doubt its time for it to go, Queensland state government does not need the burden of looking after the reef and is burden in regards to the shipping lanes so lets pull out all stumps to get rid of the reef save us tax payers heaps of money and it will allow many new industries to gain a start Unesco is only making complaints to show it has some standing in what happens to the reef now that they have had their say now we can destroy the reef so as progress can resume,

    Just like the coal industry we need progress by destroying good farming country and get progress on the right road to recovery and jobs.

  3. Les of Queensland says:

    All the time we hear such cryings, this is going on and on for years. We hear about the damage to the Reef through Global Warming, Shipping and Coal, no fact in any of it. The facts are that the places of bleaching is caused by Crown of Thorns Starfish, our Scientist do not want to remove unless they are out of a job, Cyclones and maybe a very minute bleaching from the Chemtrails, again put up by the Scientist acting as a blanket to cause more heat on the water where the starfish have been. The Cyclones added to more intensity by HAARP. Dorothea McKellar wrote, before these so called Greenies got to destroy our nation and our economy, what I appreciate, I love this Sunburnt Country, a land of rugged mountain ranges and sweeping plains, of Droughts and Flooding Rains. Droughts always come before the Flooding rains. Lets live prosperously and see good days, Get rid of Labor/Greens and Liberal/Nationals as one breaks our economy and the other breaks to people to repair the economy and when the other gets it going the other party get back in and we end up further behind with more taxes and crying screaming people about political correctness.

  4. Ian says:

    Forget all the fuss…let’s simply sell all of QLD to the highest bidder and let them do as they like with the GBR and anything else that gets in the way of mining…bulldoze Brisbane if there are resources beneath it that can be sold.
    Sell all coalition voters into servitude to anyone who will buy them , sell the coalition Government members to medical science and clear Australia’s debt, plus increase the average IQ of Australia at the same time.

  5. Menkit says:

    Gee, Australia already has the world’s worst record for mammal extinctions what are they going for, the galaxy’s worst record? Can’t people see the globalists’ agenda here?

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