Sunday, April 29, 2018

30/04/2018: Australia to fund Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection

According to an article recently published by the BBC, Australia has pledged AUS $500 million (£275m; $379m) to protect the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

Over the recent years the reef has lost 30 percent of its coral due to bleaching due to rising sea temperatures and damage from crown-of-thorns starfish.
 
The Great Barrier Reef
Image credit: Kyle Taylor on Flickr
(CC BY 2.0)

The funding will be used to reduce the runoff of agricultural pesticides and improve water quality. Some of the money will be used to help farmers near the reef modify their practices.

Threats to the reef include "large amounts of sediment, nitrogen and pesticide run-off" as well as the crown-of-thorns starfish species, Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said.

The reef can be seen from space and was listed as a world heritage site in 1981 by the United Nations cultural body Unesco.

Read the full original article on the BBC website, HERE.



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