‘Healthy Parks, Healthy People’ is a global movement that recognises the fundamental connections between human health and environmental health. Growing scientific evidence and generations of traditional cultural knowledge show that contact with nature is critical for our physical, mental, social and spiritual health. Healthy nature sustains our life, livelihoods and liveability. Parks that are valued and maintained are also fundamental to economic growth and vibrant and healthy communities.
The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area plays a vital role in our identity and the development of strong, cohesive communities. The Wet Tropics community should be able to access benefits from the World Heritage Area through a greater variety of organised programs. This approach encourages those from the health, environment, parks, tourism, Indigenous, community development, education, business and other sectors to work together to develop and support Healthy Parks, Healthy People initiatives across the ‘World Heritage Area.
The Authority will: