Unesco has decided not to place the Great Barrier Reef on its official list of World Heritage sites "in danger". Unprecedented back-to-back coral bleaching events had intensified debate about whether Unesco should change the status of Australia's reef.
Listing a site as "in danger" can help address threats by, for example, unlocking access to funds or publicity. Australia welcomed the decision as support for its conservation measures, but Unesco also made criticisms. The ruling was made at a Unesco World Heritage Committee meeting in Poland.
Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg described it as a "big win" for his nation. "We are taking every action possible to ensure this great wonder of the world stays viable and healthy for future generations to come," he told an Australian Broadcasting Corp radio programme.
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