The Australian government pledged to implement an action plan to protect the Great Barrier Reef after months of negotiations between the United Nations (UN) science agency, scientists, the government and environmental organisations.

Some of the measures the government will put in place to protect the Great Barrier Reef include delimiting fishing zones, banning the use of mesh nets, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and pollutant discharges. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has warmly welcomed the Australian government’s decision, as it has been warning of the dangers to the reef for many years.

A report done by experts from Unesco and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) in 2022 highlighted that the Australian Great Barrier Reef should be added to the list of World Heritage in Danger because of the terrible damage caused by climate change.

Source: Ambientum