The Great Barrier Reef, a wonder in danger for UNESCO

A school of damselfish on a coral reef, Australia. SWNS/ABACA

STORY – Experts sent to Australia believe that the coral reef should be placed on the list of endangered sites.

Sydney

To marvel at the splendor of the Great Barrier Reef, will we in a few years have to content ourselves with seeing The world of Nemo or old broadcasts of Commander Cousteau? This is what is suggested by the report of the experts sent by UNESCO and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) on site last March, which recommends, because of the “considerable pressures” suffered by the largest coral reef in the world, to place it on the list of World Heritage sites in danger.

During their observation mission, which lasted ten days, the Great Barrier Reef was, for the fourth time in six years, and for the first time during La Niña, a climatic phenomenon manifesting itself in the Pacific Ocean and which characterized by abnormally low temperatures, victim of a wave of massive coral bleaching.

They note that “the Outstanding Universal Value of the site is significantly impacted by the drivers of change…

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