The announcement coincided with a visit by the United Nations Mission to the Great Barrier, between 21 and 30 March, to assess the conservation status of this strip of coral.
The Canberra investment will work to strengthen the scientific capacity of the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), as well as improve infrastructure for research on the Great Barrier, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a statement.
Morrison, who is seeking re-election this year, insisted that the now-declared amount should exceed the US$2.215 million (2.013 million euros) earmarked for the Recife 2050 plan created in 2015 to prevent the United Nations from accessing education. More will be added. Science and Culture (UNESCO) has listed the Great Barrier as a World Heritage in Danger.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) confirmed last Friday that the site, the world’s largest coral system with an area of 348,000 square kilometres, is undergoing a “worrisome” and “severe” bleaching. Coral mass.
The Great Barrier Reef, which suffered major bleaching in 1998, 2002, 2016, 2017 and 2020, is in danger of being declared a World Heritage Site in danger in June next year, if the UNESCO mission that will visit Australia recommends to do. , In 2021, the place managed to stay off the “blacklist”.
The reef, whose status was upgraded from “critical” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature at the end of 2020 to “critical” – the worst conservation denomination – remains threatened by climate change.
Home to 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 varieties of mollusks, the Great Barrier began to deteriorate in the 1990s due to warming ocean waters and the effects of rising acidity from the increased presence of carbon dioxide. Atmosphere.