The Great Barrier Reef should be added to the list of “endangered” World Heritage Sites by the UN Commission recommended on Tuesday, stimulating a reaction of anger from Australia and blinded by movement. Said blamed political interference.
The United Nations Commission on Education, Science and Culture under UNESCO said the long-term outlook for the world’s largest coral reef system has deteriorated and action is needed to combat the effects of climate change.
Australia’s Environment Minister Susan Lee said Canberra disagreed with the advice given just a week ago and defended Australia’s coral reef protection.
“This is a complete destruction of the normal process,” Ray said.
Australia has been fighting for years to remove the Great Barrier Reef, a major tourist attraction that supports thousands of jobs, from the “endangered” list. This is a step that could lead to its final removal as a World Heritage Site.
Lobbying in 2015 included welcoming representatives of UNESCO World Heritage Sites on a trip to pristine coral reefs, but since then the world’s largest living ecosystem has been a serious ocean heat wave. Was hit by three major coral bleaching phenomena.
Ray said she and Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne expressed concern overnight to UNESCO Executive Secretary Audrey Azley.
“There was a flaw in this decision. Obviously there was politics behind it,” she said without elaboration.
Canberra believes that China, which chairs the committee, is responsible for the move as relations between the two countries deteriorate, according to government sources.
“We sue, but China is in control,” said a source, who was not allowed to speak to the media and was not named.
The Chinese embassy in Canberra did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
However, environmental groups have rejected the recommendations as political and have stated that it is clear that Australia has not done enough to protect coral reefs, especially with regard to climate change.
Richard Wreck, Head of Oceans, Australia’s World Endowment, said:
Wreck was part of a group of conservationists who urged 13 members of the UNESCO Commission to reach its recommendations. This recommendation is currently being considered by all 21 countries of the Commission.
Australia is part of the Commission, but by convention you cannot vote if you cannot reach an agreement.
Australia has the highest per capita carbon emissions in the world because it relies on coal-fired power, but conservative governments are steadily supporting the country’s fossil fuel industry, and stricter actions on emissions hire jobs. Claims to sacrifice.
Relations between Canberra and Beijing deteriorated last year after Australia accused China of interfering with domestic affairs, and worsened when Prime Minister Scott Morrison called for an independent investigation into the origin of the coronavirus pandemic.