World Heritage Committee warns Australian government that over-industrialisation of the country’s east coast is endangering the future of the Great Barrier Reef.
The World Heritage Committee (WHC) has warned the Australian government that it is putting the future of the Great Barrier Reef at risk by ignoring pleas to regulate the industrialisation of parts of the Queensland coastline.
The WHC had previously warned that the dredging and dumping of millions of tons of seabed for the construction of mega ports less than 50km from the Whitsunday Islands would jeopardise the natural beauty of the Great Barrier Reef and threaten its protected ecosystem.
The subsequent increase in shipping traffic, sediment dumping and oil spillage in the World Heritage Area would also have a detrimental effect on the fragile ecosystem, WHC added in a 2012 report.
At a World Heritage Meeting in Cambodia, the Committee gave the Australian government a deadline of June 2014 to implement plans to protect the reef and to adhere to its recommendations before irreparable damage is done.
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