Australia to pay for Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection

30 April, 2018, 11:32 | Author: Sidney Guerrero
  • The package will help develop coral that is more resistant to high temperatures and light stress

Described by the Australian government as the largest single investment for reef conservation and management in the country's history, the money will be used to improve water quality, control a major predator, and expand reef restoration.

But in recent years, it has lost almost a third of its coral due to bleaching linked to rising sea temperatures and damage from crown-of-thorns starfish.

"The money will go towards improving water quality, working with farmers to prevent sediment, nitrogen and pesticide runoff into the reef", said Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg.

The administration of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced Sunday it is earmarking more than AU$500 million, or $379 million in USA dollars, to protect the reef in partnership with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.

The outbreak has hit the reef after two consecutive years of major coral bleaching.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's administration has also come under criticism for pursuing environmentally burdensome gas and coal projects rather than investing in renewable energies that emit fewer greenhouse gases.

"The key challenge facing the reef is climate change".

He said there was no doubt climate change had put the Reef under threat, but said there were tangible things Australia could do to build its resilience.

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THE Nice Barrier Reef’s guardians are being handed £300million to guard it from jumbo coral-eating starfish.

The Nice Barrier Reef covers 216,000sq miles and was world-heritage listed in 1981. "And we must unlock new scientific insights that can help restore the reefs that have suffered damage", Dr Schubert said.

Mr Turnbull said the reef was a critical national asset "providing $6.4 billion a year to the Queensland and Australian economies [and] 64,000 jobs".

"Today's major investment brings real solutions within our grasp".

"These funds represent an unequaled opportunity to create a legacy of hope for future generations".

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and The Department of the Environment and Energy will also get an additional funding of $56 million.

"Today's funding announcement demonstrates the Government's ongoing commitment to achieve the Reef 2050 Plan initiatives and reflects the intent of our Reef Blueprint", Dr Reichelt said.

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