Australia Commits About $379M To Help Save The Great Barrier Reef

Australia Commits About $379M To Help Save The Great Barrier Reef

Australia Commits About $379M To Help Save The Great Barrier Reef

The Australian government is planning to spend AU$500 million (US$380 million, €312 million) to help restore and protect the endangered Great Barrier Reef, Australian broadcaster ABC reported Sunday.

It builds on the joint $2 billion Australian and Queensland Reef 2050 plan.

But in the past two years the world-heritage listed site has lost more than half its coral.

Jon Brodie, a professor at James Cook University's Coral Reef Studies Centre of Excellence said the funding was an extension of existing failed programs.

"The Australian Government will protect thousands of jobs, improve water quality, tackle coral-eating crown-of-thorns starfish and implement scientific reef restoration on the Great Barrier Reef", the Australian government said in a statement released on April 29.

The reef is the world's largest living structure and it can even be seen from space.

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"It will ensure that we tackle the crown-of-thorns. and use the best available science to ensure our coral is resilient to heat and light stress".

The government will partner with the Great Barrier Reef Foundation in an agreement worth $444 million to mitigate the effects of climate change, reduce pollution, and deal with crown-of-thorns starfish, the coral-eating starfish that can munch their way through corals when they explode in numbers.

The bulk of the new funding - just over $151 million - was earmarked to improve water quality by changing farming practices and adopting new technologies and land management.

Federal Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the pledge - announced on Sunday ahead of the May budget - was a game-changer and would help secure the reef's future.

He said the government would work with traditional Aboriginal owners, the tourist industry, farmers and scientists, to save the reef, calling the commitment "a game-changer".

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