Posted: Sunday, December 9, 2018. 4:04 pm CST.;
By BBN Staff:
DPM Faber visits Great Barrier Reef
Deputy Prime Minister Patrick Faber led a high-level delegation from Belize to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef from November 26-30. The delegation visited to exchange best practices on leveraging their reef’s World Heritage status to protect our fragile ecosystems from climate impacts and secure sustainable livelihoods, jobs and income for local communities.
The visit follows a series of landmark conservation actions that led to the removal of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System from the List of World Heritage in Danger earlier this year.
The Belize delegation was joined by representatives from Australia’s ministries of environment and foreign affairs and trade. The delegation met with sustainable tourism operators and organizations, QLD government officials, scientists at the Australian Institute of Marine Sciences, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and other institutions.
The discussion centered on an exchange of best practices in building sustainable reef communities. Both World Heritage sites share a desire to step up their leadership in building reef strategies that protect these fragile ecosystems in a rapidly changing climate but simultaneously secure sustainable income for the communities that depend on them.
The visit marks a highlight of the 2018 International Year of the Reef, an initiative from the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI), jointly co-chaired by the governments of Monaco, Australia and Indonesia until mid-2020.
“A sustainable use of our reef which brings jobs and income to the local community is essential if we wish to conserve our World Heritage site for future generations. We could not have done this without our prestigious World Heritage designation,” Faber said
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