Young people are the future managers of the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area. However, many young people are disconnected from nature due to increasing urbanisation and technology use. To encourage youth to be the next generation of conservationists, scientists, advocates, rangers, tour operators and politicians that look after our land and seascapes, we must target youth through methods and platforms they prefer to use (such as apps, online sharing, social media and youth-targeted activities). There is currently a myriad of resources available for youth to learn about plants, animals and landscapes but very few youth- targeted programs and resources on World Heritage, the Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area, Rainforest Aboriginal People or protected areas.
It is important to optimise youth participation and connection with the World Heritage Area through innovative interpretation and youth leadership development. There is an opportunity for the Authority to learn from and collaborate with those people who know how to reach youth (e.g. youth themselves, educators, environmental education centres, ranger programs, universities, youth organisations and others). This will help us develop effective methods for increasing youth awareness and interest in the World Heritage Area, as well as facilitating their participation and leadership interests in World Heritage protection.
The Authority will: