As most of you have been hearing in the news, the largest UNESCO-listed site in Australia, the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), is experiencing its worst bleaching event on record (refer to The Conversation’s interesting article, linked further below).

This should make us all ponder what are we doing as a society in order to protect and promote our natural and cultural assets, which are being threatened by anthropic activities of all sorts (from decisions taken at a household level, to those at large industrial precincts).

Australia has vast landscapes which are rich in heritage of all sorts, and threatened by various types of industry. Some of these places have a vastly untapped potential for allowing traditional owners to look after their own country, showing it to visitors, and for national and international cultural tourism to boost and diversify the local economies.

Do you think this time the Great Barrier Reef is going to be inscribed in UNESCO’s List of World Heritage in danger?

Are you willing to be actively involved in promoting the protection of a unique landscape here in Western Australia’s Pilbara? Then get in touch with Friends of Australian Rock Art! We’d love to hear from you at [email protected]

#HeritageMatters #Murujuga #UNESCO #WorldHeritage

http://theconversation.com/coral-bleaching-taskforce-more-than-1-000-km-of-the-great-barrier-reef-has-bleached-57282