Thanks to all our supporters who helped us let the government know we have our #EyesOnTheReef.
The government knows we won’t give up on protecting the iconic Great Barrier Reef.
THE STORY SO FAR
Almost 18 months ago people power secured a significant new protection for the Great Barrier Reef.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee put Australia ‘on probation’ over the health of the Reef after a massive global movement, led by WWF and its supporters.
The government was given this probation period to prove it was on-track to meeting the criteria of the Reef 2050 Plan; a set of actions and targets that Australia has promised the international community it will deliver to protect the Reef.
With the government on probation, WWF-Australia and our supporters continued to fight for the Reef.
We’ve never given up, we haven’t forgotten the government’s obligation to UNESCO, and we’ve kept our #EyesOnTheReef.
We asked people to sign up to our Thunderclap (think of it like an online flashmob) to let the government know we hadn’t forgotten their obligation.
On 1 December the Thunderclap ‘exploded’ simultaneously sending the same message more than 1,300 times across social media, reaching more than half a million people.
The message was simple: “In 2015 #AusGov told #UNESCO they’d heal #GreatBarrierReef - Let them know we’ve kept #EyesOnTheReef.”
AUSTRALIA’S PROGRESS REPORT TO UNESCO
Thursday 1 December was the Australian Government's deadline to submit their Reef progress report to UNESCO - to demonstrate they were on track to heal the Reef or risk being called up in front of the World Heritage Committee again in 2017.
The report was inaccurate, claiming that 90% of actions in the Reef 2050 rescue plan were completed, underway, or on track. Read our full response.
FIGHT FOR THE REEF’S PROBATION REPORT
With our Fight For The Reef partners, the Australian Marine Conservation Society, we prepared our own assessment.
The Reef Probation Report shows Australia is falling behind on key promises.
We encourage you to read this report (available to download in the right column of this page).
WWF believes the Great Barrier Reef is priceless as a natural wonder - but how much is it worth as an economic asset which supports tens of thousands of regional jobs?
In a rare collaboration we worked with Queensland Farmers’ Federation, Queensland Tourism Industry Council, and Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators, to find the answer.
Together we contracted Jacobs (a well-known and respected regulatory economics firm) to develop a business case for Reef investment.
The bottom line is that if we want the Reef to continue to support a tourism industry worth $6 billion a year and 70 000 regional jobs we need to invest properly.
If the Reef were a road or a dam it would get this scale of investment. Surely the Reef is worth it?
Stay tuned to our Great Barrier Reef page to keep up with the latest information, campaigns, and ways you can help us help the Reef.