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World applauds Great Barrier Reef protection as Christine Milne is re-elected.



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Senator Bob Brown Senator for Tasmania 25th November 2004

World applauds Great Barrier Reef protection as Christine Milne is re-elected

The world’s umbrella environment organisation, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), today passed a motion applauding the Australian Government for its recent decision to protect 30% of the Great Barrier Reef, Greens Senator Bob Brown said today.

“Senator elect ChristineMilne lobbied for the motion. Ms Milne, who was elected 3 years ago to the board of IUCN despite an active campaign against her by the then environment minister Robert Hill, was re-elected as Oceania’s representative by the general assembly,” Senator Brown said.

The Great Barrier Reef motion read:

NOTING the increasing threats to coral reefs and marine biodiversity in many parts of the world; and that a lack of political leadership is often the major hurdle to addressing these threats to conservation;

RECOGNISING that Australia's Great Barrier Reefis a World Heritage site and of outstanding natural value at a local, national and international scale; - further that the recent increases in protection for the World Heritage area has been based on the best available science and comprehensive community involvement and consultation and that the outcome will greatly assist in the long term conservation of the Great Barrier Reef; - that the Representative Areas Programme has provided a valuable guide for protection of other valuable marine sites around the world;

The World Conservation Congress at its third session in Bangkok,Thailand,17-25 November 2004

CONGRATULATES the Australian government on its recent achievement of significantly increasing protection for the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and World Heritage Area and commends it for its global leadership in the protection of this outstanding site of universal value.

”Over 3000 people are attending the meeting in Bangkokand the motion was passed with the support of 100% of the Government representatives and 99% of the NGO representatives,” Senator Brown said.