Diplomat correspondent Luke Hunt recently covered the 39th session of the World Heritage Committee in Bonn, Germany, and its decision on whether to list the Great Barrier Reef, off of Australia’s northeast coast, as endangered.
He was on hand when the committee announced it had unanimously adopted a $1.5 billion, 10-year plan designed to secure the reef’s future and felt the relief as the Australian contingent realized the reef would not be listed as endangered.Enjoying this article? Click here to subscribe for full access. Just $5 a month.
He spoke with Russell Reichelt, the chairman of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Dermot O’Gorman, the chief executive officer of the World Wildlife Fund in Australia, and the Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt (no relation).