Greens slam government's UN Reef report

Michael Doyle
The federal government's Barrier Reef report to the UN has been dismissed by the Greens as spin

The federal government's report to the United Nations on protecting the Great Barrier Reef is an "exercise in spin", the Greens say.

The report was handed to the United Nations on Sunday, and will be part of the World Heritage Committee's assessment of the reef at their annual conference in June next year.

The 68-page document highlights the challenges facing the the reef's survival, and what actions are being taken.

The report acknowledges climate change as the major threat to the reef, but says the federal government is on track to tackle this issue.

"Australia is taking strong action as part of global efforts to address the global threat of climate change under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement," the summary reads.

"The Paris Agreement aims to keep global temperature rise well below 2C - and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5C.

"Australia's commitment under the Paris Agreement is to reduce emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030."

However Greens senator Larissa Waters said the report was "an exercise in spin" while Queensland state member for Maiwar, Michael Berkman said it did not sufficiently highlight the serious issues facing the reef.

"You can't send the UN a glossy report pretending everything's fine when the Australian Government's own report downgraded the long-term outlook for the reef to very poor for the first time,' he said.

"The Queensland Government is also in denial with its support for new coal and gas projects, including Adani's new coal mine and the entire Galilee Basin."