In March 2012, representatives from the UNESCO World Heritage Center and the International Union for Conservation of Nature conducted a monitoring mission to the Great Barrier Reef to examine its health.
They issued a report examining threats to the reef, including climate change, and stating their concern about proposed port expansions for liquefied natural gas and coal. UNESCO also sought a response from the Australian government on how it plans to protect the site.
This June, when UNESCO meets again, it will consider Australia's response and also decide whether to maintain the Great Barrier Reef's status as a World Heritage site.
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