Free Newsletters - Space - Defense - Environment - Energy - Solar - Nuclear
..
. 24/7 Space News .




WATER WORLD
Australia failing UNESCO demands on Barrier Reef: WWF
by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Feb 1, 2013


Australia insisted Friday that protecting the Great Barrier Reef was a top priority, but conservationists WWF said not enough had been done to prevent UNESCO deeming it a world heritage site "in danger".

In June, UNESCO demanded decisive action from Australia to protect the world's largest coral reef from a gas and mining boom and increasing coastal development, or risk the embarrassment of seeing it put on the danger list.

The deadline it gave Canberra to outline how it planned to improve management and protection and meet key targets recommended by the World Heritage Committee ran out on Friday.

In releasing its response to UNESCO, Environment Minister Tony Burke said the government was "absolutely committed" to protecting the reef.

"We have made substantial progress in addressing the recommendations made by the World Heritage Committee, including agreement to conduct one of the most comprehensive strategic assessments ever undertaken in Australia," he said.

He said the response highlighted Australia's "best practices in marine park management and confirms our willingness to share our expertise with other countries experiencing similar conservation issues".

Burke said Canberra had already invested Aus$200 million (US$208 million) in a "Reef Rescue" programme and would provide an additional Aus$800,000 to fight the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish which is decimating the reef.

He added that assessment reports on future planning were being conducted to determine "where sustainable development can occur, the type of development that will be allowed and the conditions under which development may proceed".

But the WWF, along with the Australian Marine Conservation Society, said Australia had failed to show enough progress.

WWF campaign director Richard Leck said it had kept a scorecard on how the federal government and Queensland state government had responded to the World Heritage Committee's list of recommendations.

"The dismal scores highlight our grave concerns that UNESCO is going to have no option but to recommend the reef be put on its unenviable 'List of World Heritage in Danger' -- the list of shame," Leck said.

"The impact of that would be felt right throughout Queensland's economy, especially its Aus$6.0 billion reef tourism industry. Australia's reputation is on the line."

WWF highlighted a recent push by Queensland to fast-track port development and weaken coastal protection laws as a major concern.

Australia is riding an unprecedented wave of resources investment due to booming demand from Asia, with hundreds of billions of dollars worth of resource projects in the pipeline.

In June, UNESCO said the sheer number and scale of proposals, including liquefied natural gas, tourism and mining projects, could threaten the reef's status.

Declining water quality and climate change were major issues and it was "essential to reduce development and other pressures as much as possible to enable an increase in the reef's resilience", it said.

At the time Campbell Newman, premier of Queensland which is locally responsible for the reef, was combative, warning that "we are in the coal business".

"We will protect the environment but we are not going to see the economic future of Queensland shut down," he said.

The World Heritage Committee will consider Australia's response at its annual meeting in Phnom Penh in June.

.


Related Links
Water News - Science, Technology and Politics






Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle




Memory Foam Mattress Review
Newsletters :: SpaceDaily :: SpaceWar :: TerraDaily :: Energy Daily
XML Feeds :: Space News :: Earth News :: War News :: Solar Energy News





WATER WORLD
Ancient crustaceans provide clues for fate of today's reef crabs
Gainesville FL (SPX) Jan 31, 2013
A University of Florida scientist has discovered a record biodiversity hotspot in Spain for 100-million-year-old crustaceans with possible implications for present-day species living in reefs, which are declining worldwide. Decapod crustaceans, including crabs, shrimp and lobsters, are vital parts of the food chain, contributing to reef health and serving as food for many larger marine org ... read more


WATER WORLD
US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Russia to Launch Lunar Mission in 2015

US, Europe team up for moon fly-by

Mission would drag asteroid to the moon

WATER WORLD
AAS Division For Planetary Sciences Issues Statement On Mars 2020 Program

Curiosity Maneuver Prepares for Drilling

Ridges on Mars suggest ancient flowing water

Changes on Mars Caused by Seasonal Thawing of CO2

WATER WORLD
Sierra Nevada Corporation and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company Partner On Dream Chaser Programs

NASA Launches Next-Gen Communications Satellite

NASA Takes Strides Forward to Launch Americans from U.S. Soil

Iran Takes First Step to Send Man to Space

WATER WORLD
Reshuffle for Tiangong

China to launch 20 spacecrafts in 2013

Mr Xi in Space

China plans manned space launch in 2013: state media

WATER WORLD
NASA to Send Inflatable Pod to International Space Station

ISS to get inflatable module

ESA workhorse to power NASA's Orion spacecraft

Competition Hopes To Fine Tune ISS Solar Array Shadowing

WATER WORLD
Site of space rocket launch to become home of S. Korea's space program

Payload preps continue for first Ariane 5 flights of 2013

NASA Wallops Rocket Mission January 29 Prepping for Future Projects

Russia's Troubled Rocket Cleared for Launch

WATER WORLD
TW Hydrae: There's more to astronomers' favorite planetary nursery than previously thought

The Origin And Maintenance Of A Retrograde Exoplanet

New Evidence Indicates Auroras Occur Outside Our Solar System

Glitch has space telescope shut down

WATER WORLD
NTU research embraces laser and sparks cool affair

Bioinspired fibers change color when stretched

Stanford Researchers Break Million-core Supercomputer Barrier

Scientists trick iron-eating bacteria into breathing electrons instead




The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement