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Successful World Heritage Listing of Ningaloo Coast, WA

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Published on Jun 22, 2011

This video includes contributions by the former Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities, Tony Burke.

On 24 June 2011, the World Heritage Committee decided to inscribe the Ningaloo Coast on the World Heritage List, acknowledging it as one of the outstanding natural places in the world.

The Ningaloo Coast World Heritage nomination was submitted to the World Heritage Committee by the Australian Government in January 2010, with the support of the Western Australian Government. During 2010 and early 2011, the nomination was assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Heritage Committee.
What is the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage Area boundary?

The boundary of the Ningaloo Coast World Heritage area includes: Ningaloo Marine Park (Commonwealth and State waters) Cape Range National Park Jurabi and Bundegi coastal parks Muiron Islands and Muiron Islands Marine Management Area Learmonth Air Weapons Range
What is World Heritage?

World Heritage listing is the highest global recognition of the importance of a site. World Heritage listing does not change the way lands and waters are managed or change existing land uses and activities. World Heritage listing does not change day to day life in Exmouth, Coral Bay and Carnarvon. People can continue to enjoy fishing, camping, snorkeling, diving, hiking or exercising their dog in the World Heritage area. Visitors and locals can continue to enjoy the range of activities available on Ningaloo Coast.
Why was the Ningaloo Coast included on the World Heritage List?

The Ningaloo Coast was inscribed on the World Heritage List for its natural beauty and biological diversity. In particular, the Ningaloo Coast was included on the World Heritage list in recognition of its: aesthetically striking coastal and terrestrial environment of the Ningaloo Reef adjacent to the Cape Range; the lush and colourful underwater scenery and its contrast with the arid and rugged land; annual aggregation of whale sharks, one of the largest in the world; important aggregations of other fish species and marine mammals; high marine diversity, including an unusual diversity of marine turtle species; rare and diverse subterranean creatures; and diversity of reptiles and vascular plants in the drylands.

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