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The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area
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  Buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher (Photo: Martin Cohen)  
  Buff-breasted paradise-kingfisher (Photo: Martin Cohen)  
The Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed on the World Heritage list on 9 December 1988 as a property that fulfilled all four natural criteria for listing. Under the current criteria, the Wet Tropics of Queensland is considered to:

  • Ulysses butterfly (Photo: WTMA)contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance – criterion (vii).
  • be an outstanding example representing the major stages of Earth’s history, including the record of life, and significant ongoing geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features –criterion (viii).
  • be an outstanding example representing significant ongoing ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals – criterion (ix).
  • contain the most important significant habitats for in situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation – criterion (x).

In May 2007 the Wet Tropics of Queensland was also listed on the National Heritage List, along with other Australian World Heritage Areas. The Wet Tropics shares a boundary with the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area in some coastal areas. Many tropical islands along the reef are also home to tropical rainforests.


Dr Martin Cohen

Martin has worked as a biologist and wildlife commentator in Australia’s tropics for over 20 years. After completing a PhD in zoology, Martin has concentrated on presenting fascinating information about wildlife and the natural world to people from all walks of life. A renowned writer, photographer and wildlife advocate, Martin is also still involved with research and presents information about wildlife and the tropical environment on television and radio. Based in Cairns, Martin’s extensive experience and knowledge of tropical Australia and its wildlife means that there is no one better to guide people through this mystical world.

Margaret Genever

Margaret is a professional artist who has lived in the Cairns region for 20 years. For 13 years she was director of programs and lecturer in Visual Arts at James Cook University, Cairns. Her work most often addresses issues of concern to the community and has been shown in many exhibitions (www.margaretgenever.com). As the president of Kuranda Conservation Community Nursery she is deeply engaged with actions which aim to preserve the cassowary and its habitat.

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