The Australian Greens have welcomed news this morning that Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef is likely to be nominated to the World Heritage List in February 2010.
The Senate Environment, Communication and the Arts Committee was told today (Tues 20/10/09) that the Federal and State governments have been negotiating boundary issues and it was expected that the reef would be nominated by the deadline of 1 February 2010.
“I’m very pleased to hear that Ningaloo Reef is close to being nominated to the World Heritage List,” said Greens Spokesperson on Marine Issues, Senator Rachel Siewert, who is a member of the committee and has long called for protection of the reef.
“At more than 260 kilometres long, Ningaloo is Australia’s largest fringing coral reef and is clearly of world significance and deserves to be nominated to the World Heritage List,” Senator Siewert said.
“With more than 70 per cent of the world’s coral reefs destroyed and degraded, it is essential that we protect this unique reef system.”
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