Action 1.1

Develop a climate change adaptation plan for the World Heritage Area and coordinate delivery of priority actions

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The issue to be addressed

Despite the solid body of work that has been undertaken to date by many Wet Tropics stakeholders, including through the Connectivity Strategy and rehabilitation efforts to enhance landscape resilience, a number of gaps still exist in the response to climate change impacts on the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. 

This includes consideration of how we:

  • apply more flexible principles and management approaches that will minimise negative change to the areas outstanding universal values (OUVs)
  • move adaptation thinking beyond ‘business as usual’ and begin to identify and clearly define actions including tipping points, thresholds, associated timescales and resource implications
  • practically engage key stakeholders in a way that results in increased awareness of climate impacts and action on the ground.

Action we will take

To address these gaps the Authority will develop, in collaboration with the community, an adaptation plan for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. The Authority will aim to produce a final adaptation plan by June 2019 and will oversee delivery of priority actions (with partners) under the adaptation plan. The goal is to be recognised as a world leader in adaptive management of World Heritage areas.

Our partners

The Wet Tropics community, particularly Traditional Owners; Commonwealth and State Government agencies; local councils; not-for-profit community groups; Terrain NRM; conservation groups; the tourism industry.

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