Threats to the World Heritage Area

This section deals with a range of direct threats and underlying pressures. Threats such as fragmentation, climate change, weeds, feral animals and diseases are listed in the navigation on the side bar. Other threats are in the drop down menu under Threats to the Area.

 

Direct threats

There is a wide range of threats to the biodiversity and scenery of the Wet Tropics. These can be threats to the survival of ecosysytems, threats to individual species or threats to the beauty of the Area. These threats are all discussed in more detail on other pages in the website. The main direct threats are listed below.

  • Fragmentation
  • Climate change
  • Weeds
  • Feral animals
  • Altered fire regimes
  • Altered water flows and water quality
  • Cyclones

 

Indirect threats

There is also a range of underlying pressures on the World Heritage Area. These include:

  • Regional population growth
  • Urban development and pollution
  • Demand for community infrastructure (water, roads, electricity)
  • Farming (agriculture, grazing and aquaculture)
  • Tourism and recreation

You can also read more about direct and indirect threats in the Wet Tropics Conservation Strategy.
 

 

News and Events

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New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

New positions created at Wet Tropics Management Authority

A host of new and exciting roles have emerged within Wet Tropics Management Authority's Yellow Crazy Ants Eradication Program (YCAEP).... READ MORE

Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

Forgotten plane crash site found in Wet Tropics

The search for a plane that crashed into far north Queensland rainforest 50 years ago has ended.... READ MORE

'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

'Wild' Wet Tropics eco-sculptures get measured up

Talented young artists are fashioning the final casts, cuts and hews to their amazing artworks this week.... READ MORE