Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments
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WSSD 2002 fact sheet
Environment Australia, August 2002
The Australian Government, through the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, is responsible for the care and development of the world's largest coral reef ecosystem, the Great Barrier Reef.
The Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area stretches 2300 kilometres along Australia's east coast. Covering 347 800 square kilometres, it is the world's largest World Heritage Area and marine protected area. The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park comprises 99.25 per cent of the World Heritage Area.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, as part of a national initiative, is working on a Representative Areas Program to enhance protection of the reef's biodiversity. Different degrees of protection are provided for different habitats in the World Heritage Area.
Decades of scientific research and evaluation have established that land use activities in catchments adjacent to the Great Barrier Reef are directly contributing to a decline in water quality.
The governments have agreed targets must be incorporated in natural resource management plans being developed to address water quality issues in the World Heritage Area.