Great Barrier Reef Shouldn't Be on 'in Danger' List for Now, Says Unesco

A draft UN ruling has recommended against listing the Great Barrier Reef as “in danger” but indicated the natural icon remains on its watchlist.
The preliminary decision by Unesco’s world heritage committee, which will inform a final ruling in Germany next month, welcomed Australia’s moves to tackle water pollution, limit new port development and ban the dumping of dredge spoil from those ports in reef waters.
But Unesco has asked Australia to submit a progress report on its conservation plan by December next year, with any sign of benchmarks not being met triggering a further referral to the world heritage committee.