The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular ecosystems on Earth, and a great deal of people’s minds have been drawn to the unique habitat.
It has been designated as a World Heritage site and is a world heritage site.
But the Great Barrier is also one of humanity’s most threatened species.
One in three Great Barrier reef animals have been found to be threatened by climate change, with over 200 species at risk.
Now the first Australian scientist has called on the government to protect the reef by creating a new national strategy.
“The Great Barrier has become a symbol of resilience and resilience to the challenges of climate change,” said Dr Richard Deacon from the Queensland University of Technology.
“It’s been recognised by a number of governments that they need to do something about this.”
“If we do nothing, we’re putting a huge amount of our future on the line.”
Dr Deacon, who is also the former chair of the International Commission for the Conservation of Nature, told the ABC’s 7.30 program the government needed to look at how it could create a national strategy to protect biodiversity.
He said the Reef was one of many natural environments in Australia that were facing a range of threats.
“We’ve got some pretty big threats to the Reef, the most obvious is climate change which means we’re losing fish, we’ve got drought which means fish die,” he said.
“I think the Great Barriers are the perfect example of how our efforts should be to address these threats and the fact that we can’t do it alone is a tragedy.” “
What the Reef is really important to us is that it’s a place where we can all be part of the solution to that problem.”
“I think the Great Barriers are the perfect example of how our efforts should be to address these threats and the fact that we can’t do it alone is a tragedy.”
The ABC has obtained an exclusive transcript of the interview.
Professor Deacon said the strategy could focus on protecting the Great White Shark, but that the best way to achieve that would be to focus on native wildlife.
“You can have conservation strategies for other species but I think the greatest challenge we face as a nation is biodiversity,” he told the program.
“I mean we’re going to be losing biodiversity to climate change.”
Dr Peter Tredinnick, from the University of Queensland, said he hoped the strategy would “help us to understand what is actually happening to the Great Whites in Australia and what’s being done about that”.
He said that the Reef could be a good place to look.
“If you look at the reefs around the world they’re incredibly important for our ecosystems and it’s not just for us but for a lot of other species as well,” he explained.
“So if we were to have a strategy to look to the reef for its protection we could help to mitigate some of those impacts.”
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries said the Government was “evaluating the impact of the Reef strategy on the Reef’s ability to respond to climate and water stress”.
“We want to ensure that the environment of Queensland remains as pristine as possible and we’re looking at the Reef as a possible source of revenue and revenue stream for our businesses,” she said.
But Dr Deham said the plan would be “a massive waste of money”.
“It would be like putting out a bucket of ice water on the Great Western Barrier Reef and just dumping it into a bucket full of water,” he added.
“It would cost $7.6 billion a year and we could have protected that Reef for 10,000 years and still not do anything.”
“You would be going backwards in time,” he warned.
The ABC has approached Environment Minister Greg Hunt for comment.
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