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Australian natural wonders under Unesco spotlight

Published on Jun 15, 2014 10:41 AM
The Great Barrier Reef is perhaps one of Australia's best-known natural wonders, but it is considered to be in 'poor' health. -- PHOTO: OVE HOEGH-GUILDBERG

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australia is home to some of the most pristine environment on Earth, but two of its most high-profile protected areas face threats to their status as World Heritage Sites at a Unesco meeting starting Sunday in Doha.

In such a vast country that boasts large tracts of desert, rainforest and coast, many of Australia's natural wonders have won Unesco World Heritage listings.

They include Fraser Island, Shark Bay, the Wet Tropics of Queensland, the Greater Blue Mountains, Kakadu National Park and Uluru.

Perhaps its best-known masterpiece is the Great Barrier Reef, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet that sprawls across an area roughly the size of Japan.

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