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UN committee recommends danger listing for Great Barrier Reef

Date: 24 June 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A United Nations committee’s proposal to downgrade the Great Barrier Reef's World Heritage status has irked Australia, which said the recommendation was politically motivated.
  • The coral reef ecosystem has suffered three major bleaching events since 2015 due to severe marine heatwaves.
  • The report recommended that the world's biggest coral reef ecosystem should be added to Unesco’s list of World Heritage in Danger.
  • As many as 53 sites are currently on the List of World Heritage in Danger. The Great Barrier Reef losing its World Heritage Site status list could potentially reduce its attraction to tourists.