Government updates plan ahead of final UNESCO reef decision

AS UNESCO's World Heritage Committee is due to make its final decision this week on whether to list the Great Barrier Reef as "in danger", the federal and Queensland governments have updated the intergovernmental agreement.

The governments established the Great Barrier Reef Intergovernmental Agreement in 1979 and now the long term 2050 sustainability plan has been included as a schedule to the agreement.

The Reef Advisory Committee has also been announced and includes people from environment, reef, science, farmer and resources bodies.

On the same day as these announcements, Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt also said the Abbott government would appoint an independent expert panel to provide scientific advice on reef priorities.

This panel will provide advice on implementing the 2050 long term plan.

- APN NEWSDESK



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