Australia to invest over 500 million dollars in Great Barrier Reef restoration and protection
Sydney : Australia has decided to invest over 500 million Australian Dollars in restoration and protection of Great Barrier Reef, which is under the hazardous effect of climate change.
Marine heat waves, due to global warming, killed a huge number of corals in 2016. Most of the impact was along 500 miles of the northern Great Barrier Reef, its most pristine region.
The new funding from Australian government will allow the Great Barrier Reef Foundation to improve the long-term health of the reefs.
According to a media report, the major section of the amount will be invested in improving the water quality, control a major predator, and expand reef restoration.
The Great Barrier Reef homes world's largest collection of coral reefs with a variety of over 400 types of species. It is also home to a number of endangered species, including the large green turtle and the dugong.
Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg also shared his concern over the issue and told reporters, "The more we understand about the reef, the better we can protect it."
"Millions of dollars will go into science and to better data management and to be able to test the impacts on the reef," he added.