The biggest living structure on Earth – Australia’s iconic Great Barrier Reef is inkling closer to complete extinction and in some years, it will completely have vanished from the earth. Moreover, scientists already officially have announced the “terminal” of the Great Barrier Reefs, and there is almost zero hope for the recovery of coral reefs, damaged by climate change.
In such a crucial period, The Federal government has endowed $18 million for funding six new projects, which are aimed at improving the water quality and protecting the Great Barrier Reef on Thursday. But the endorsement seems to come too late, as scientists and ecologists already have declared “Zero Recovery Possibility” for the damaged reefs. After the announcement made by the Federal Government, a water quality expert has said that “it is too little, too late”.
The initiatives have come up as a part of an in-progress water quality enhancement program of the government. The new donation is aimed at addressing the attrition of watercourse banks and channels – the issue which is the prime culprit for the runoff of 70% of the fine sediment onto the Great Barrier Reef, said Josh Frydenberg, Environment Minister of Australia in a statement. Moreover, the issue of the land-based overflow, which involves the run-off of insect repellents and nutrients from farms, are causing severe damage to the colourful corals and seagrass and eventually are contributing to the outbreaks of crown of thorns starfish.
“The six new projects, which are intended to address the water quality issue of Great Barrier Reef and to protect the coral inhabitants, are part of a synchronised effort to shield the dying Reef,” added Mr Frydenberg.
Jon Brodie, the Water quality expert of Australia, however, criticised the late bequest of the government, stating the $18 million package to be minuscule and unlikely to return any real profits. “The endorsement of the Federal Government good, but it is too little and too late, to cope with the excessive damages, caused by climate change to the reefs, said Mr Brodie, who is also a professorial research fellow at James Cook University, Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef Water Science Taskforce was established by the Queensland government, to monitor and address the issues, facing by the iconic Great Barrier Reefs. As estimated by the task force, it will cost nearly $8.2 billion to meet up the standard water quality targets set for 2025.By this sense, only $18 Million funding is too small and is expected to return no real gains for the reefs and water quality improvement.
To those unknown, Great Barrier Reef is world’s largest living biodiversity, which is home to over 3,000 varieties of mollusks, more than a hundred kinds of jellyfish, 1,625 types fish species, hundreds of species of shark and ray, and more than 30 genus of whales and dolphins.