SINKING? Greenpeace activists display a banner during a protest on the Great Barrier Reef.
SINKING? Greenpeace activists display a banner during a protest on the Great Barrier Reef. Dean Milleraap

Great Barrier Reef decision today in Germany

AS THE World Heritage Committee prepared to consider the future of the Great Barrier Reef's heritage status, activists called on them to stop coal expansions.

Greenpeace activists gave the committee in Bonn, Germany a petition signed by thousands of members urging it not to let the reef be "destroyed".

While Environment Minister Greg Hunt appointed a new panel of scientists to advise the government on the reef on the weekend, activists say more action was needed.

Greenpeace political advisor Jess Panegyres said the current Reef 2050 plan had "loopholes so big you can drive coal-carrying ships through them".

The committee is expected to meet today to consider its earlier recommendation to keep the prospect of a World Heritage site in-danger listing alive for two more years, but not list it yet.


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