This report outlines Australia’s progress in implementing key requests made by the United Nations World Heritage Committee with regard to the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Purpose of this report
This 2014 State Party Report is a progress report outlining Australia’s substantial progress in implementing key requests made by the World Heritage Committee and recommendations of the Mission Report, Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) 6th to 14th March 2012.
This 2014 report builds on the extensive information already provided in the 2012 and 2013 State Party reports. Australia will continue to keep the World Heritage Committee informed of progress and will provide a further State Party Report by 1 February 2015.
Structure of this report
The executive summary includes a report card demonstrating Australia’s progress against the 2013 World Heritage Committee decision.
Appendix 2 provides an overview of progress against all the monitoring mission recommendations and the 2011 and 2012 committee decisions concerning the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA).
Chapter 1 is the introduction to the report.
Chapter 2 identifies current conservation issues, including key findings of the draft strategic assessments on the condition and trend of the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the GBRWHA.
Chapter 3 summarises Australia’s progress in responding to the 2013 World Heritage Committee decision, making reference also to recommendations in the 2012 World Heritage Committee decision and reactive monitoring mission report. Chapter 3 also outlines corrective actions being developed by the Australian and Queensland governments.
Chapter 4 provides an overview of legislative protection and a summary of proposed, withdrawn and approved developments within and outside the GBRWHA.