The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) recognition and World Heritage listing of Queensland’s Wet Tropics as an area of outstanding universal value, galvanized the Australian and Queensland governments to set in place a comprehensive management framework to ensure its protection for future generations.
A cornerstone to success of the management framework is on-ground coordination and management that unites regional communities, local land owners, regional councils, tourism and business sectors and Rainforest Aboriginal people in a supportive and collaborative effort.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority was established under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 to provide leadership, facilitation, advocacy and guidance in the management and presentation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in support of the management framework. Based in Cairns, the Wet Tropics Management Authority is comprised of a dedicated team of around 20 scientists, planners and outreach specialists that focus on building networks in the wet tropics region.
Over the last two decades, the Wet Tropics Management Authority has initiated best-practice land management programs by supporting strong partnerships with land management agencies and local and regional communities to ensure the World Heritage values of the wet tropics region are maintained and appreciated.
The diverse and complex wet tropics landscapes has provided a unique opportunity for scientific research to grow our understanding of the World Heritage Area. We actively encourage and support recognition and use of the World Heritage Area as a learning landscape.
The Wet Tropics Management Authority provides for the implementation of Australia's international duty under the World Heritage Convention through the following core activities:
Building strong, supportive and collaborative partnerships, and providing leadership, guidance and advocacy for the protection and rehabilitation of the outstanding values of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area to secure a living, vibrant legacy for future generations.
Working in partnership to present and promote discovery, understanding and connection to the rich natural and cultural values of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, ensuring that this ancient and irreplaceable landscape is treasured and celebrated by all.
Through conservation, research, tourism and community partnerships, promoting the enjoyment and appreciation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area and the connection and creation of outstanding opportunities to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Regionally-based and regionally-focused but nationally-connected the Wet Tropics Management Authority is also able to present the World Heritage Area and its values to a much wider national and international audience; and in turn, reflect the community values, relationships and connections that are part and parcel of their daily work and commitment to local and regional partnerships.
On ground activities based upon collaborative conservation and rehabilitation are only as strong as the management structures behind them. The Wet Tropics Management Authority is responsible to both the Australian and Queensland Governments through the appointed by both Governments. The Strategic Plan 2013-2018 guide's our operations.and has an independent