Australia combats to protect Great Barrier Reef, breaking duties to shield the troubled reef from the impacts of land clearing, according to the claim by ecological groups on Monday, who approached the United Nations to test the alleged failures.
The capital city of Australia, Canberra has vowed to venture up endeavors to protect the reef as it reels from mass coral bleaching and coral eating crown-of-thorns starfish, which have multiplied because of agricultural and contamination overflow.
However, the environmental experts said that the federal government had failed to cease a major hazard to reach at the World Heritage-list region, the impending bulldozing of the huge swathes of reef catchments’ land.
Officials have been warning against deforestation that expands spillover in the reef, lowering water quality and the light required for coral growth, while fuelling outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish.
Kelly O’Shanassy, CEO of the Australian Conservation Foundation said in a statement, “Allowing this clearing to go ahead is not consistent with the promises the Australian government has made to the international community to protect and restore the Great Barrier Reef.”
WWF Australia, the Wilderness Society, the Australian Marine Conservation Society and the Australian Conservation Foundation demanded an urgent investigation as the annual meeting of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee starts in Bahrain.
Josh Frydenberg, Environment Minister stated that, “On top of this investment the… government has also invested an additional Aus$500 million, representing the single largest investment in reef protection and restoration in Australia’s history.”
Conservationists stated that about 36,600 hectares (90,000 acres) old-development timberland, which is a half of the area of Bahrain was reserved to be cut down in reef catchments under licenses issued by the former Queensland state government.