Report to the UNESCO World Heritage Committee
In June 2011 UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee expressed “extreme concern of the approval of Liquefied Natural Gas processing and port facilities on Curtis Island within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area". Following an UNESCO/IUCN reactive monitoring mission to the Great Barrier Reef in March 2012 and release of the mission’s report in June 2012, the World Heritage Committee at its 2012 annual meeting noted “with great concern the potentially significant impact on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value resulting from the unprecedented scale of coastal development currently being proposed within and affecting the property”.
The Committee requested the Australian government to address eight detailed recommendations and a further 14 from the mission, and to report on progress with the recommendations by 1 February, 2013. The Committee also noted that, “in the absence of substantial progress, the possible inscription of the property on the List of World Heritage in Danger”.
This report provides a third-party summary assessment of the progress made by the Australian and Queensland governments in addressing the World Heritage Committee and mission’s recommendations. The following scorecard has been prepared to communicate the results of this analysis.