September 15, 2008

Australia Provides 7.5 Million Dollars to Boost Reef Protection

CANBERRA, Sept. 14 (Xinhua) -- The Australian government will provide an additional 7.5 million dollars (6 million U.S. dollars) to help protect The Great Barrier Reef.

The funding comes in addition to the 23 million dollars (18 million U.S. dollars) announced last month for the Reef Rescue program.

Environment Minister Peter Garrett said on Sunday it would help to boost efforts to protect the health of the reef.

"Particularly as it battles the impacts of a changing climate," he said in a statement.

The money will be used to monitor water quality, improve land management techniques and try new technologies to improve water quality.

The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for 2,600 kilometers over an area of approximately 344, 400 square kilometers. The reef is located in the Coral Sea, off the coast of Queensland in northeast Australia.


Image Caption: Satellite image of part of the Great Barrier Reef adjacent to the Queensland coastal areas of Proserpine and Mackay. (NASA)