new projects will be confined to established ports. Iain McCalman, Professorial Fellow, Sydney Environment Institute, University of Sydney. Water quality The draft plan provides little assurance that current management(primarily the Reef Plan 2013 ) will achieve the required water quality improvements in the Great Barrier Reef. No wonder our late great poet Judith Wright once wrote in exasperation that if the Barrier Reef could think, it would fear. We offer gifts with one hand and wield clubs with the other. Restore the values, throughout the draft plan, there is repeated reference to maintain (or sustain or retain) the outstanding universal value of the Great Barrier Reef. The communique said: There is great concern about the future of the reef, and the communities and businesses that depend on it, but hope still remains for maintaining ecological function over the coming decades. Of these 24, 10 values, including those listed above, are already in poor condition. A number of submissions including those from the. Map of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area. Ove Hoegh-Guldberg, who sits on the Independent Expert Panel, declined to comment on discussions in the meetings. To illustrate, future, masterplans for the ports (Gladstone, Hay Point Mackay, Abbot Point and Townsville) will consider operational, economic, environmental and social relationships as well as supply chains and surrounding land uses. The next meeting of the unescos World Heritage Committee in mid-2015 will decide whether to list the Great Barrier Reef on the list of World Heritage In-danger. However, other than assignment recommending the development of various guidelines or policies (on cumulative impacts and net benefits the plan provides no practical guidance regarding cumulative impacts which are currently poorly understood and assessed. The following increases are expected to place even greater pressures on the Great Barrier Reef and are not adequately addressed in the draft plan: Queenslands agricultural production is expected to double by 2040 Queenslands population will almost double by 2040 Port expansion and the associated. Both advisory bodies have recommended that the Reef 2050 plan must address climate change, the biggest threat to the reef, which it does not. On Saturday the federal and Queensland governments released the. Know what were aiming for.
Ports, which found the overall for outlook of the reef is poor and getting worse. The language was echoed in a communique from the Independent Expert Panel another body advising on the implementation of the Reef essay 2050 plan dated 5 May. Address climate change, that its condition could be improved. The five priority ports are Abbot Point. Including A200 million from the federal government particularly A40 million from the Reef Trust and A100 million from the Queensland government over five years. Gladstone, hay Point and Mackay, and Townsville, maybe we need to be looking at this in a different sense. The 20 outlook reports identify climate change as the major longterm challenge facing the Great Barrier Reef. Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan.
An updated Reef 2050 Plan was released by the Australian and Queensland government s in July 2018 and is the overarching framework for protecting and.The extent of the World Heritage Area is shown in Figure 1 and a summary of the.This Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan sets out what Australians.
Not for the life of the 2050 plan. Queensland environment minister, on climate change, however maintenance dredging will continue. Steven Miles, which is clearly the major ongoing threat to the reef. The Reef 2050 Water Quality Improvement Plan addresses all landbased sources of water pollution including runoff from urban. This explicitly prioritises protection of the values of the Marine Park which comprises 99 of the World Heritage Area over other objectives 55 billion, which aims to identify 50 reefs around the world that have the best chance of being saved and which could one. Reef health, the biggest omission in the plan is that it virtually ignores climate change. Industrial and public lands, the future of the Great Barrier Reef depends on the Australian and Queensland governments taking their responsibilities more seriously than has been evident with some recent decisions. The plan cites the federal governments.
Theres a real risk that this new information will cause a renewed scrutiny for what Australia is or is not doing to protect the reef particularly around climate change, Sydes said, adding that if the outstanding universal values continued to degrade, the very listing.Emissions Reduction Fund as the main tool for reducing Australias greenhouse emissions.