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Securing the future of the Great Barrier Reef

The decline of the Great Barrier Reef can be reversed by improvements to governance and management: current policies that promote fossil fuels and economic development of the Reef region need to be reformed to prioritize long-term protection from climate change and other stressors.

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Figure 1: Long term changes in drivers or stressors affecting the Great Barrier Reef.
Figure 2: The GBR contains a globally significant population of dugong, which is a key element of its outstanding universal value.


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Hughes, T., Day, J. & Brodie, J. Securing the future of the Great Barrier Reef. Nature Clim Change 5, 508–511 (2015).

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