Compare and contrast these statements.
First from an official UNESCO document dated June 2012 and authored by Fanny Douvere and Tim Badman (page 51 – 52 emphasis added).
The mission also noted presentations from some coal export proponents regarding opportunities to develop less impacting techniques for transhipment of coal using barges and avoiding dredging activities (specifically the proposals at Wongai and Fitzroy involving Mitchell Ports). Despite the innovative nature of these proposals, the overriding concern with both the proposals is their location in pristine, or near-pristine areas of importance to the OUV of the property, and the increase in the overall footprint of ports that would result. The mission was not able to assess the viability of such techniques but considers that, where new bulk cargo facilities are being considered within existing port areas, recommends that such alternatives that could reduce or eliminate dredging requirements should be evaluated within the relevant Environmental Impact Assessment process as a potential means to reduce the impacts of port development.
Okay – looks like UNESCO is recommending that barges be considered as a means to reduce the impact of coal exports and harbour dredging on the Great Barrier Reef.
Second, yesterday on the ABC:
In an interview with 7:30 from Paris, UNESCO’s world heritage marine co-ordinator raised questions about the transshipping proposed off Hay Point.
FANNY DOUVERE, DR, UNESCO: It’s common sense when there is more ships passing through a particular area there is also more potential for damages to the reef, there is also more potential for a collision.
MARK WILLACY: While particularly concerned about port dredging, UNESCO also wants more information about this transshipping plan.
FANNY DOUVERE: So whenever any activity will impact or could impact potentially on those exceptional values for which it is inscribed in the world heritage list then it needs to be raised, those issues need to be addressed and we… it is our role as UNESCO to be a standard setting organisation as well to raise those issues with the Government.
Maybe UNSECO has two employees with the name Fanny Douvere? Maybe Fanny can’t recall what she wrote in 2012?