Australia escapes a downgrading of the Great Barrier Reef by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Australia successfully resisted a UN cultural organization’s effort to lower the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage designation due to climate change damage.

On Friday, Australia received enough foreign backing to prevent the United Nations’ cultural agency from downgrading the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage classification due to climate change damage.

Due to rising ocean temperatures, Unesco’s World Heritage Committee proposed that the world’s biggest coral reef ecosystem off the northeast Australian coast be added to the World Heritage in Danger list.

At a committee meeting in China on Friday, Australian-proposed modifications to the draught resolution would have postponed the “in danger” topic until 2023.

Norway, on the other hand, proposed changes that would reintroduce the reef to the committee’s agenda at its annual meeting in June.

Meanwhile, a monitoring expedition will visit the reef to see how climate change impacts may be mitigated.

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