Great Barrier Reef

893 WordsSep 17, 20104 Pages
The Great Barrier Reef a World Heritage listed, it is the vastest stretch of coral reef in the world. This essay will provide information on how the Great Barrier Reef is being protected against global warming for our future generations. We all love going to the beach for a swim or a snorkel however a different image was created by an article published by the Australian Academy of Science on their web site Nova Science in the News (2009): “Imagine you are on a beautiful tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef. You put on your mask, fins and snorkel and jump into the water. But instead of the famous brightly coloured coral, brittle white branches spread as far as the eye can see. The coral is dead.” This image is taking place more…show more content…
AUSTRALIAN Government also signed the Kyoto Protocol, which is an international agreement linked to a legal framework to achieve specified reductions in global greenhouse gas emissions (SCIGL 2004) .Kyoto Protocol has set the Australian target to 108 per cent of 1990 levels over the period of 2008 – 2012, however the Australian Government have only voluntarily complied with this law. Therefore we all need to live a minimum carbon footprint on our Reefs. The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (GBRWHA) is under the management of GBRMPA which was established in 1975 and its function is the overall management of the reef. The GBRMPA have implemented the Bleach Watch, which is a community monitoring network that detects any report reef conditions. It requires a wide network and this is where regular people have volunteered to monitor and report reef conditions. The reef also caters for 2.4 million tourists yearly which take part in the Reef Health Impact Survey this being another way of monitoring the reef. (Response Plan). Protection of our reef is very important, as it is one of the most diverse and biologically complex marine ecosystems in the world. (barrierreef.org). It nourishes 10% of the world fish species , provides $5.8 million annual economy and jobs in Australia. The GBRMPA
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