The Learning Landscape eBulletin aims to share and apply our collective knowledge of this exceptional part of the world. It showcases current and emerging Wet Tropics research and related management and policy issues. We hope you enjoy this second edition and would love to hear your feedback, including ideas for future issues.
Click below to read a summary of all the interesting stories in this second edition
Photographer: Mike Trenerry
Irreplaceable and outstanding
Photographer: Scott Burnett/Bruce Thompson
The Wet Tropics of Queensland World Heritage Area was ranked the second most irreplaceable natural World Heritage site and the sixth overall in global irreplaceability in a new international analysis for the IUCN.
A sole population of the armoured mistfrog was rediscovered on the Carbine Tableland, 20 years after the species was thought to be extinct. JCU researchers have now successfully moved 40 frogs to a new site to help ensure their future survival.
Our freshwater streams and wetlands and their aquatic animals and ecosystems are the focus of the latest State of the Wet Tropics Report (2012-2013).
Mount Lewis crayfish (Euastocus Fleckeri)
Photographer: Wet Tropics Images/Mike Trenerry
Last year marked the 50th anniversary for a number of seminal tropical rainforest research organisations.
Their longevity has had huge benefits for rainforest research.
Cutting the cake - 25th anniversary of the WHA
Photographer: Deanna Belbin
Don't lose the plot
The Connell plots in the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area clearly show the value of long term monitoring to learn about rainforest dynamics and succession and to help foster further research.
TERN site tower at Robson's Creek
Photographer: Campbell Clarke
Decisions, decisions - conserving species under climate change
Ecological systems face significant threats from climate change, and the need for effective responses has become a major conservation management challenge.
The Wet Tropics is particularly at risk. Which species will be under most threat, and where must they move in order to avoid extinction?
Guest editorial - make decisions based on knowledge
Research has always been essential to inform World Heritage management. Peter Hitchcock AM World Heritage Advisor (Former WTMA Executive Director) Read More
Alice Buhrich received a 2013 Student Research Grant from the Wet Tropics Management Authority to study carved trees in the central Wet Tropics. Alice aims to understand the long term preservation needs of the carvings and how they were affected by Cyclones Larry and Yasi. Read More
Policy snapshot February 2014
Recent government policy developments relevant to the Wet Tropics. Read More
In the news - February 2014
Recent news about tropical research issues for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area. Read More
Rainforest research update February 2014
National and global rainforest research relevant to the Wet Tropics. Read More