It’s exotic and mysterious landscapes attract world wide attention with visitors flocking to stand in silent awe beneath its ancient canopies as they catch a glimpse back to when time began.
Yet as ancient, rugged and diverse as it may seem, the World Heritage Area is still a fragile landscape, vulnerable to the pressures of modern life and all that come with it.
Caring for and protecting this timeless treasure is a shared responsibility.
From local communities, land owners, tour operators, businesses and visitors alike, caring for our World Heritage Area requires a coordinated approach. Rainforest Aboriginal people have been taking care of the World Heritage Area and surrounding landscapes for millennia. Rainforest Aboriginal people's connection to the landscape is reflected in their commitment to Caring for Country.
There are numerous ways that the World Heritage Area is being cared for. Legislation, management plans and structures, strategies, policies, guidelines and partnership arrangements provide the formal framework for many of the management activities undertaken in and around the World Heritage Area. Equally important however are the small and large projects undertaken by communities in and around the World Heritage Area that build on the cultural and natural values of the wet tropics region.
Communities and individuals are working to build the resilience of the World Heritage Area by rehabilitation of natural landscape corridors, monitoring of invasive pests and management of its natural resources. The role of the community in caring for the World Heritage Area is acknowledged and celebrated at the Annual Cassowary Awards. Building caring communities ensures a healthy World Heritage Area.