Australia creates world’s biggest marine park network on eve of Rio+20 summit

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Source: WWF

Australia today created the world’s biggest network of marine protected areas, setting an important precedent for ocean protection as countries  prepare to meet for the Rio+20 meeting on sustainable development.

WWF welcomed the new system of marine parks that would now cover more than one third of the Commonwealth waters of Australia – a milestone that WWF has been working towards for more than 15 years. The jewel in the crown of the new network is the Coral Sea marine park that, together with the adjacent Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, will make up the world’s largest marine park.

WWF-Australian CEO Dermot O’Gorman said Australia has the third largest ocean territory in the world that stretches from the tropics to the sub-Antarctic and is home to incredible creatures such as whales, dolphins, turtles and sharks as well as spectacular corals and other ecosystems.

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