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UNESCO aware of warnings on reef plan

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UNESCO is aware of a new report warning Australia is unlikely to reach water quality targets for the Great Barrier Reef.

UNESCO is closely monitoring Australia’s management of the reef after last year adopting a draft decision not to list it as a World Heritage site in danger.

In making that decision, it considered Australia’s Reef 2050 plan to manage land-based pollution threats, such as run-off from farming activities.

But the federal government’s own marine science agency warned on the weekend that current efforts to reduce run-off are unlikely to achieve water quality targets set out in the plan.

‘We conclude that recent efforts in the GBR catchments to reduce land-based pollution are unlikely to be sufficient to protect the GBR ecosystems from declining water quality within the aspired timeframes,’ scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) warned in a new paper.

The Australian government is due to update UNESCO on its reef management efforts by December.

A spokesman for federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt said the government made no apologies for setting ambitious targets in the reef plan.

He said the AIMS report also noted significant progress had already been made, and added the Reef 2050 plan would continue to be adapted in response to new information and emerging issues.

‘Our targets for improving water quality on the reef are ambitious, but achievable. Yes, we have set hard goals, but unapologetically so,’ the spokesman said.

He also said the government was keeping the World Heritage body up to date on the global coral bleaching event that’s affecting the reef.

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