Environment Minister says government will challenge UNESCO move to list Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ – ABC News

, Environment Minister says government will challenge UNESCO move to list Great Barrier Reef as ‘in danger’ – ABC News, TheCircularEconomy.com

Environment Minister Sussan Ley says Australia has been “blindsided” by a draft recommendation to list the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger”, suggesting the decision was politically motivated.

The World Heritage Committee, which sits under UNESCO, has proposed moving the reef to the list because of the impact of climate change, and will consider the decision at a meeting in China, which is the chair, next month.

Ms Ley described the decision as a “backflip” and said United Nations officials had assured the government the reef would not face this kind of recommendation before the July meeting.

“We were blindsided by a sudden late decision,” she said.

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