Australian Embassy


Protecting the Great Barrier Reef

On 29 May, the technical advisers to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee released their draft decision on the World Heritage status of the Great Barrier Reef, which concluded the Reef is not World Heritage ‘in danger’.

The Great Barrier Reef is an incredibly diverse and rich environment – a maze of 3,000 coral reefs and 1,050 islands, stretching for more than 2,300 kilometres. It is already regarded as being among the best managed marine parks in the world and we are determined to keep it that way.

The World Heritage Committee’s draft decision reflects the strong and decisive action taken by the Australian and Queensland governments to protect the Reef, including the recent announcement of more than $200 million in additional funding ($100 million from each government) which brings the projected investment by both governments to well over $2 billion dollars over the next decade.

To learn more about what Australia is doing to protect the Great Barrier Reef, see the attached factsheet, or check out the following videos on our management of the Reef:

Protecting the Great Barrier Reef – Farming:
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef – Tourism:
Protecting the Great Barrier Reef – Crown-of-thorns starfish and science: