UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) is not happy with us.
Environment groups have called for an immediate halt to development around the Great Barrier Reef after a United Nations report expressed ‘‘extreme concern’’ about its future.
In a report released early this morning UNESCO said no further major development should go ahead without an overall assessment of the reef’s health.
‘‘Considering the high rate of approvals over the past 12 years, this unprecedented scale of development affecting or potentially affecting the property poses serious concerns over its long-term conservation,’’ the UNESCO report found.
I don’t know what enforcement power the UN has over Australian territory, but the report seems very demanding.
warns the reef could be listed as a World Heritage site in danger unless substantial changes are made to Australia’s management of the area…
urges Australia not to permit the creation of new ports within the boundaries of the world heritage area and asks for a strategic assessment of the entire reef…
says development should be reduced as much as possible…
wants plans for any expansion scrapped immediately and nothing should happen in the future that could harm the reef…
government has been granted a stay of execution until February 2013, when they will need to provide a clear explanation about how they will better manage the Reef.
At Wake up 2 the Lies, it is noted that while officially, the Great Barrier Reef is in the jurisdiction of Australian state governments…
Yet the UN’s report tells us:
- What we can and can’t do in the area
- Gives deadlines to implement the report
And the link on the Australian Government’s website to find out more details about control and management of World Heritage sites takes you to….the United Nations website see here.
The Great Barrier Reef truly is a magnificent natural phenomenon and has enormous value to Australia, economically and otherwise. This is precisely why we are best placed to look after it, not some distant international organisation. As far as I am concerned, they have no right to interfere in our affairs and impede on our sovereignty (especially when they let Syria get away with murdering its own citizens).
It is not surprising that a UN report would be critical of the management of the reef. That joint is full of left-wing environmental idealogues. And don’t forget, we are talking about a 2300km long stretch of water that has continued to defy all kinds of doomsday predictions in the past.
Given the role the Great Barrier Reef plays in tourism, how can we expect Robert Mugabe to be involved?