State Party Report on the state of conservation of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (Australia) - 2014


Property ID N154
In response to World Heritage Committee Decision 37 COM 7B.10

Cover of the document

Brochure summarising the State Party Report

Purpose of this report

This 2014 State Party Report is a progress report outlining Australia’s substantial progress in implementing key requests made by the World Heritage Committee (Decisions 35 COM 7B.10 , 36 COM 7B.8 and 37 COM 7B.10) and recommendations of the Mission Report, Reactive Monitoring Mission to the Great Barrier Reef (Australia) 6th to 14th March 2012).

This 2014 report builds on the extensive information already provided in the 2012 and 2013 State Party reports. Australia will continue to keep the World Heritage Committee informed of progress and will provide a further State Party Report by 1 February 2015.

Structure of this report

The executive summary includes a report card demonstrating Australia’s progress against the 2013 World Heritage Committee decision. Appendix 2 provides an overview of progress against all the monitoring mission recommendations and the 2011 and 2012 committee decisions concerning the state of conservation of the GBRWHA.

Chapter 1 is the introduction to the report.

Chapter 2 identifies current conservation issues, including key findings of the draft strategic assessments on the condition and trend of the Outstanding Universal Value and integrity of the GBRWHA.

Chapter 3 summarises Australia’s progress in responding to the 2013 World Heritage Committee decision (37 COM 7B.10), making reference also to recommendations in the 2012 World Heritage Committee decision and reactive monitoring mission report. Chapter 3 also outlines corrective actions being developed by the Australian and Queensland governments.

Chapter 4 provides an overview of legislative protection and a summary of proposed, withdrawn and approved developments within and outside the GBRWHA.

Supplementary information

On 17 February 2014, Australia wrote to the World Heritage Centre in response to questions raised during discussions with the World Heritage Centre and IUCN. This letter provided supplementary information on several matters discussed in the 2014 State Party Report.