World Heritage listing marine sites: a case study of the Australian Great Barrier Reef

Baird, Rachel (2007) World Heritage listing marine sites: a case study of the Australian Great Barrier Reef. Revue Juridique de l'Environnement, Specia. pp. 113-127. ISSN 0397-0299


The Great Barrier Reef was inscribed onto the World Heritage List on 26 October 1981. It is the largest world heritage area in the world. The Reef is 2,300 kilometres
long, encapsulating 2,900 individual reefs, 600 islands and 300 coral cays. With inscription come responsibilities. In particular State parties are obliged to 'ensure that effective and active measures are taken for the protection,
conservation and presentation of the cultural and natural heritage situated on its property'.
To that end the management of the Great Barrier Reef is governed by a statutory authority, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority. About 99% of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area falls within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The park is managed in accordance with statutory zoning plans which, inter alia, regulate the use of the Marine Park and its conservation. This paper examines
the process of nominating a world heritage site for inclusion on the World Heritage List as well as the attendant responsibilities. The management of the Great
Barrier Reef provides an insightful case study into the many issues which are raised subsequent to nomination and if successful, inscription.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - Department of Law
Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2010 02:50
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2016 01:20
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australian Great Barrier Reef; Great Barrier Reef; Australia
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160507 Environment Policy
21 History and Archaeology > 2102 Curatorial and Related Studies > 210202 Heritage and Cultural Conservation
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180116 International Law (excl. International Trade Law)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9403 International Relations > 940303 International Organisations

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