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Decision 41 COM 7B.24
Great Barrier Reef (Australia) (N 154)

The World Heritage Committee,

  1. Having examined Document WHC/17/41.COM/7B.Add,
  2. Recalling Decision 39 COM 7B.7, adopted at its 39th session (Bonn, 2015),
  3. Welcomes the progress made with the inception and initial implementation of the Reef 2050 Long-Term Sustainability Plan (2050 LTSP) and the establishment of the Investment Framework, and expresses its appreciation for the significant efforts by all those involved in the implementation of the 2050 LTSP;
  4. Strongly encourages the State Party to accelerate efforts to ensure meeting the intermediate and long-term targets of the plan, which are essential to the overall resilience of the property, in particular regarding water quality;
  5. Notes with serious concern the coral bleaching and mortality that affected the property in 2016 and 2017;
  6. Reiterates its request to the State Party to submit to the World Heritage Centre, by 1 December 2019, an overall report on the state of conservation of the property demonstrating the effective and sustained protection of the property’s Outstanding Universal Value and effective performance in meeting the targets established under the 2050 LTSP, linked to the findings of the 2014 and 2019 Great Barrier Reef Outlook Reports, for examination by the World Heritage Committee at its 44th session in 2020.
Decision Code
41 COM 7B.24
States Parties 1
Properties 1
State of conservation reports
2017 Great Barrier Reef
Decisions adopted during the 41st session of the World Heritage Committee (Krakow, 2017)
Context of Decision