Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem on earth and one of the best managed marine areas in the world. At 348,000 square kilometres, the reef is one of the richest and most diverse natural ecosystems on Earth.

The unique qualities of this property were recognised in 1981 when it was inscribed on the World Heritage List.


World Heritage

One of Australia's first World Heritage Areas, the Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef ecosystem and is probably the best-known marine protected area in the world.

Strategic Assessment

The Australian Government is undertaking a comprehensive strategic assessment of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area and adjacent coastal zone.

Managing and Protecting the Reef

The management and protection of the Great Barrier Reef is an ongoing priority for the Australian and Queensland governments and the Marine Park Authority.

 

World Heritage Committee Decision

The World Heritage Committee oversees the Great Barrier Reef’s World Heritage Listing. A State Party Report on the state of conservation of the reef has been submitted to the Committee.

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World Heritage Committee documents

A list of documents concerning the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area is available on the UNESCO web site.

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Protecting the Reef

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