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Great Barrier Reef policies not enough to meet targets set out in Reef 2050 Plan: AIMS

The ABC’s Jesse Dorsett reports (3.4.16) on experts’ warnings that government policies to protect water quality around the Great Barrier Reef aren’t doing enough to meet self-imposed targets.

‘Australia looks likely to miss water quality targets set out to keep the Great Barrier Reef on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, a senior researcher at the Federal Government’s own marine science agency has warned.

‘Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) principal research scientist Dr Frederieke Kroon has spoken out about environmental policies that were supposed to protect the marine park.

‘”Our review finds that current efforts are not sufficient to achieve the water quality targets set in the Reef 2050 Plan,” she told ABC News.

‘The plan, launched by the Federal and Queensland governments last year, includes ambitious targets such as a 50 per cent reduction in nitrogen run-off by 2018 and an 80 per cent reduction by 2025.

‘UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee considered the 103-page document when it last year decided to retain the reef’s World Heritage status.

‘However, a paper published in the Global Change Biology journal found the targets were unlikely to be met.’

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