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The UN agency for science and culture has issued another strong objection to claims by the Australian government that it should have visited the Great Barrier Reef before recommending that it be inscribed on the World Heritage List in danger next week.

Dr. Fanny Douvere, a senior UNESCO official based in Paris and head of its maritime program, did so he told ABC the Australian government’s intense lobbying over the procedure distracted the world from the reality that one of the world’s most iconic wonders was in danger.

The World Heritage Committee from 21 countries will begin tonight’s scheduled 15-day deliberations on reports from 258 sites around the world and proposals for 44 new members as World Heritage Sites.

UNESCO has also recommended that the committee clean up two World Heritage sites – the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania and the maritime city of Liverpool in the UK – and put seven sites, including the Great Barrier Reef, on the “endangered” list.

As part of Australia’s lobbying effort, Environment Minister Sussan Ley has been in Europe since Monday while Reef Envoy Warren Entsch took ambassadors from 14 countries to the reef yesterday.

Ley, Entsch and Australia’s permanent ambassador to UNESCO, Mega Anderson, accused UNESCO of violating the rules by failing to make a visit before making a recommendation.

Douvere repeated her defense, first addressed to the Guardian more than two weeks ago, that all relevant processes have been followed and that a site visit does not require even part of the World Heritage rules.

“This is a reef system that is extremely well documented and we are talking about climate change and water quality, and these are issues that are very well researched and documented.

“The constant concentration on the procedure also pulls us out of the reality of what we are dealing with here, with one of the most problematic coral reef systems in the world in danger, with very clear evidence reported by official scientific documents provided by the Australian government. “








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