Minister hails reef report as a positive for the Government

QUEENSLAND Environment Minister Andrew Powell has welcomed UNESCO's acknowledgement of the progress the State Government had made in ensuring the Great Barrier Reef remained on the World Heritage List.

Mr Powell said UNESCO released its draft recommendations to the World Heritage Committee and they would be considered by the committee in Qatar in June.

"This is a clear acknowledgement by UNESCO to the World Heritage Committee of this government's continuing efforts to protect the reef," Mr Powell said.

"We have been working with the Australian Government to implement every one of the World Heritage Committee's requests and I am pleased that our efforts have now been acknowledged internationally.

"Nearly 30 years of monitoring by the Australian Institute of Marine Science has shown the key impacts on the reef continue to be severe weather events such as cyclones, crown of thorns starfish and coral bleaching."

Mr Powell said the State Government took its responsibilities seriously.



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