AUSTRALIA - Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan
The size and scale of the network of marine sanctuaries prescribed in the zoning plan is unprecedented, and firmly establishes the Australian Government as a global leader in protecting our marine environment. More than its size however, the new zoning plan is also unprecedented in terms of its comprehensiveness. It includes representative areas of all of the Marine Park's range of biological regions within the strict protection of marine sanctuaries and is based on the best available scientific research and advice.
The Great Barrier Reef is one of WWF's Global ecoregions - a science-based ranking of the world's most biologically outstanding and globally representative areas of biodiversity - and a conservation priority for WWF.
WWF recognises the implementation of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan as a GIFT TO THE EARTH - a globally significant conservation achievement, and an example of environmental leadership which can inspire others.