Post by Jon C. Day, James Cook University, originally appeared in The Conversation
The draft decision by UNESCO and IUCN proposes not to list the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) World Heritage Area as “in danger”, but it does put Australia on notice. It requests a progress report by 1 December 2016, vowing that if “the anticipated progress is not being made”, the GBR will be considered by the Committee in 2017.
The Great Barrier Reef is priceless for so many reasons. It's millions of years old, it's the world's largest reef ecosystem, and it's home to more plants and animals than any other ecosystem. What is not to love about The Great Barrier Reef?