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GREAT BARRIER REEF SHOULD BE LISTED AS ‘IN DANGER’: UN

GREAT BARRIER REEF SHOULD BE LISTED AS ‘IN DANGER’: UN

Context:

UN committee prescribed adding the Great Barrier Reef to the list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites.

About:

  • The suggestion was made by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) committee.

Background:

  • The committee 1st cautioned it would put the reef on the list of world heritage in danger in 2012 if Australia didn’t foster a long-term plan to protect the reef.
  • This choice was rehashed in 2013 and 2014 until at long last in 2015 the Australian government produced the Reef 2050 plan. The plan contained targets to diminish agricultural runoff, strengthen land-clearing laws and stop greenfield coal port developments.

The Great Barrier Reef:

  • It is the world's largest coral reef system made out of more than 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands extending for more than 2,300 kilometres over a space of around 344,400 square kilometres.
  • The reef is situated in the Coral Sea, off the shore of Queensland, Australia.
  • The reef can be seen from space.
  • It is the world's biggest single structure made by living organisms.
  • Structure of the reef is composed of and made by tiny organisms called coral polyps.
  • It was chosen as a World Heritage Site in 1981.

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