Australia: Plan ensures Great Barrier Reef future
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Australia released its long-term blueprint to save the Great Barrier Reef Saturday, with Prime Minister Tony Abbott saying protecting the World Heritage site was a priority. The 35-year plan for the major tourist attraction off the Queensland coast includes a complete and permanent ban on the dumping of capital dredge material in the area and sets targets to improve water quality and marine life populations. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization has threatened to put the reef on its danger list due to threats from dredging, climate change, farm run-off and the destructive crown-of-thorns starfish.
Australia: Plan ensures Great Barrier Reef future. (2015, March 23). The Philippine Star, p. 12.
Barrier reefs; Ecotourism; Environmental protection; Reefs; Dredging; Climatic changes; Nitrogen; Pesticides; Protected areas; Greenhouse effect; United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)-Australia; Greenpeace; Abbott, Tony; Hunt, Greg; Miles, Steven; O'Gorman, Dermot
- The Philippine Star