Greenpeace’s submission to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), released today, shows the grave reality the Great Barrier Reef faces in the lead up to the World Heritage Committee’s meeting to decide whether the Reef is ‘In Danger’.
“There’s still time to save the Great Barrier Reef from an ‘In Danger’ listing,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens environment spokesperson, said.
“The Abbott Government should immediately adopt the Greens’ bill already in the federal Parliament to implement the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations.
“The Committee’s recommendations are simple – no ports in pristine areas and no ports or other developments that threaten the Outstanding Universal Value of the Reef.
“Adopting my bill to implement the Committee’s recommendations would stop the Abbot Point port expansion going ahead and save our Reef from becoming a coal ship super highway.
“My bill would also legislate a ban on dumping in the entire World Heritage Area, not just in the smaller Marine Park, as Minister Hunt has announced.
“In the past five years, 80 per cent of dumping has occurred in the area outside the Marine Park but within the World Heritage Area.
“The Abbott Government has the opportunity to save the Reef from an ‘In Danger’ listing and it should do all it takes by implementing the World Heritage Committee’s recommendations in full.
“If the World Heritage Committee decides to list in the Reef ‘In Danger’, the Abbott Government will be to blame for not doing what the world’s experts have asked,” Senator Waters said.