Listing criteria

The Wet Tropics of Queensland was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 1988 as a property that fulfilled all four natural criteria for listing. In 2002 an updated version of the nomination was included as part of the Periodic Report.

Under the current criteria, the Wet Tropics of Queensland is considered to:

                              Criterion 7                                   Criterion 8

contain superlative natural phenomena or areas of exceptional natural beauty and aesthetic importance.


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 9                                  Criterion 10

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.

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.


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