The Australian government came up with a $60 million plan for Great Barrier Reef’s health improvement.
The government’s plan comes after the occurrence of the events of coral bleaching, in 2016 and 2017. Scientists believe that the events occurred as a result of the global oceans warming.
The Reef is also damaged by the coral-eating marine fauna and by cyclones.
However, the Australian government stated that the $60 millions will target coral-eating species and soil erosion. The money will be spent as follows:
- $6 million on new methods to make the coral reef stronger
- $12 million on protecting coral from coral-eating species
- $38 million on the vegetation restoring to stop the erosion process
- $4 million on coral bleaching awareness campaigns
This decision is part of the commitment of spending over $2 billion in the next decade for coral protective and improvement measures.
‘We want to ensure its future for the benefit of all Australians, particularly those whose livelihood depends on the reef,’ the government’s spokesman stated today.
Even though these measures are well-meant, some groups are blaming the government for ignoring the main cause of the problem, as they say. Therefore, these groups would like to see the government taking some measures against the climate change as there are many studies, they say, that are proving that global warming is the main cause of coral bleaching.
The Reef is spread on a 133,000 sq mi on the coast of Queensland and it is the largest form of life on Earth. According to the UN, the Great Barrier Reef is the biggest biodiversity on the planet and it is of the greatest scientific importance. Therefore, let’s hope that the Australian $60M plan for Great Barrier Reef’s health improvement, as well as other future measures, will work and the future generations will also enjoy the existence of such a wonderful life structure.