The United Nations committee recommended to add Great Barrier Reef to the list of “in danger” World Heritage Sites. However, this recommendation is opposed by Australia which is blaming political interference.

Recommendation was made by UNESCO committee. This committee sits under UNESCO. According to the committee, world’s biggest coral reef system should be added to ‘in danger’ list because of impact of climate change.

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Australia has been battling to keep Great Barrier Reef off the “in danger’ for 4 years. UNESCO noted in the year 2015 that, outlook for this reef was poor. However, it kept the site’s status unchanged. Since 2015, Great Barrier Reef has experienced three major coral bleaching events because of severe marine heatwaves.

Great Barrier Reef

The world’s largest coral reef system, Great Barrier Reef, that comprises of about 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,300 km over an area of 344,400 square km. It is located in Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland, Australia. The reef can be seen from outer space. It is world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. Structure of the reef is composed of and built by tiny organisms called coral polyps. It was selected as World Heritage Site in the year 1981.

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