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Reef Report for Monday, June 18, 2007

Great Barrier Reef named Top Tourism Destination at Recent Awards Presentation

The Great Barrier Reef was been award the international Tourism for Tomorrow award for Best Destination at this year's Tourism for Tomorrow Awards held in Lisbon, Portugal. The award, given by the World Travel and Tourism Council, is considered one of the "oscars" of the tourism industry.

With all the news about the threats of climate change to the Great Barrier Reef itís indeed nice that the reef has won an award with a title that includes the term "Tourism for Tomorrow" and we hold great hope for international efforts being made to curtail the amount of carbon dioxide produced by human activities. © Great Barrier Reef Enterprises The key decisions, sacrifices, and planning still has yet to come, but we remain optimists when it comes to protection of the reef.

Over the past 10 years great strides have been made to protect the reef, through a coordinated management scheme that looks at activities both on the reef like fishing and tourisms, as well as in nearby coastal lands. Over 30% of the Great Barrier Reef has completely protected from fishing and other extractive activities in the past decade.

The award came with the following Judges' verdict: "Enormous progress has been made to involve a very complex tourism industry in the management of very large marine conservation area."

The threat of climate change extends well beyond the Great Barrier Reef, and itís causes include people and industries al over the world, not just Australia. We hope to see a strong coalition of nations acting to reduce greenhouse gasses effectively, and to see that group include both Australia and the United States.

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