The Wet Tropics Regional Agreement (2005) provides for the cooperative management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area by Rainforest Aboriginal people associated with the Area, and the Australian and Queensland Governments.
The Agreement addresses key recommendations from the 1998 report Which Way Our Cultural Survival - the Review of Aboriginal Involvement in the Management of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. It recognises the significant contribution Rainforest Aboriginal people make to the management of the cultural and natural resources of the Area.
The central principles of the agreement are to recognise Rainforest Aboriginal people's rights and interests and to afford them the opportunity to define and negotiate their own priorities, needs and aspirations for management of the Wet Tropics. A collaborative and equitable approach between World Heritage management agencies and Rainforest Aboriginal people is of vital importance in achieving these principles.
The main achievements of the Agreement have been: