Overview

The draft Wet Tropics Strategic Plan 2020–2030 (the Strategic Plan) is part of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Plan, which sets out the strategies that the Wet Tropics Management Authority will implement to continue to meet its obligations to protect and present the World Heritage values of the Area.

The Strategic Plan provides the 10-year policy framework to guide the Authority’s decision-making under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 (Qld)

It states the desired outcomes that the Authority will deliver and outlines the actions that will achieve this. The performance of the Authority will be measured against the key performance indicators which will be regularly monitored. 

Progress towards achieving the outcomes will be reported on annually through our Annual Report. Though it is a 10-year plan, the actions and management strategies will be reviewed after five years to ensure delivery and relevance. 

The Strategic Plan will be web-based, and a printer-friendly copy (PDF, 1.5MB) is also available.

More information:

Wet Tropics Strategic Plan overview. Released in 2019 as part of the Wet Tropics Management Plan review phase 2.

Background and useful links

About the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area

The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area (the Area) stretches from just south of Cooktown to Townsville. The almost 900,000 hectare World Heritage Area is famous for the rainforests which cloak its rugged mountain ranges and some coastal and tableland sections … more.

World Heritage listing

World Heritage listing is the highest level of international recognition that can be afforded to a place. The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area was inscribed on the World Heritage List on 9 December 1988 … more.

Statement of Outstanding Universal Value

To be considered of Outstanding Universal Value, a property needs to meet one or more of ten criteria, meet conditions of integrity, and have an adequate system of protection and management to safeguard its future. This is summarised in a Statement of Outstanding Universal Value … more.

Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999

The Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) provides a legal framework to protect and manage matters of national environmental significance (MNES), such as listed threatened flora, fauna and ecological communities, National Heritage places and World Heritage properties ... more. 

World Heritage criteria

The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area meets all four of the natural World Heritage criteria … more. 

Integrity

At the time of its World Heritage listing the property also met the World Heritage conditions of integrity. It was, and still is, identified as being an essentially intact ecosystem with the level of human impact low— especially when compared to other tropical forest regions—with 80% remaining of the estimated cover originally present at the time of the first European settlement.

Protection and management

In 1990, the Australian and Queensland governments agreed to jointly fund and coordinate management of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. 

The Queensland Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 and the Commonwealth Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Conservation Act 1994 together give effect to the administrative and operational aspects of the agreement and facilitate the implementation of Australia’s obligations under the World Heritage Convention.

National Heritage listing

The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area was included on the National Heritage List for its natural values in 2007 and Indigenous values in 2012 … more. 

Partnerships

The Wet Tropics Management Authority leads and coordinates management of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area with a wide range of partners. The Wet Tropics World Heritage Plan (see page 6) sets out a framework for a partnership approach to achieve best practice World Heritage management … more. 

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