Great Barrier Reef, the world’s heritage which is the home for corals has spread across Australia. The Great Barrier Reef was greatly damaged due to the coral bleaching took place by warming of oceans. So to protect the reef from the damage it was listed under “in danger” status.
But now the UNESCO has planned to take off the Great Barrier Reef from the “in danger” status list even though the reef has recently reported massive coral bleaching. This move by UNESCO has raised the debate as this step by them is not useful. The tourism industry of Australia is the worst hit due to huge damage caused to the Great Barrier Reef.
If some site is listed under “in danger” status than the UNESCO takes measure to unlock the funds so that the damage can be reduced. The decision to remove the “in danger” tag of the reef was taken during the meeting held in Poland. Along with the Great Barrier Reef, other 550 world’s heritages are under “in danger” status.
One of the Federal Environment Minister said the Australian government has greatly invested in repairing the damaged caused to the reef but still no significant improvement was seen. The decision to take measures to protect the reef was welcomed by Australia but many criticisms were raised by UNESCO.
This decision seems to be in favor of the Australian government. The action to protect the reef from damage seems to improve its condition to protect it. The Great Barrier Reef has spread across 344,400 square kilometers and half of it is damaged greatly and the UNESCO’s decision to remove it from the “in danger” list seems to be sarcastic.
The Australian government’s plan to completely wipe out the damage caused is expected to come true by 2050. The massive coral bleaching event taken place in last continuous two years may take many years to recover the damage. According to the aerial surveys which were conducted in 2016 and 2017 have shown that bleaching event in 2016 was due to El Niño conditions and the bleaching event in 2017 is due to rising temperatures. The damage to the Great Barrier Reef has greatly increased the unemployment rate in Australia.