The boards of the Wet Tropics Management Authority and Terrain NRM held a joint meeting at Mission Beach on 25 August 2016. The purpose of this meeting was for both organisations to discuss improved ways to work together in the Wet Tropics bioregion.
Terrain’s work in buidling strong partnerships at a whole of landscape scale, protecting environmental resources, promoting sustainable use of land and waterways, and in supporting healthy, productive and viable communities and sustainable industries (particularly agriculture), is guided by their 'Wet Tropics Plan for People and Country'. Terrain plays a leadership role beyond the Wet Tropics, also creating and leading projects across the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
Established under the Wet Tropics World Heritage Protection and Management Act 1993 to ensure that Australia’s obligation under the World Heritage Convention to protect and present the outstanding universal value of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is met, the Wet Tropics Management Authority is acknowledged as a leader in world heritage management and has led statewide, national and international initiatives.
Chairs Leslie Shirreffs (Wet Tropics Management Authority) and Mike Berwick (Terrain NRM) opened the joint board meeting which discussed strategic areas of common activity and interest, including support for Rainforest Aboriginal aspirations, pest management, threatened species recovery and integrated landscape management.
To deliver maximum benefits for achieving common land management and community objectives the boards agreed to map their respective roles and responsibilities and identify priority actions for the coming year. Carole Sweatman (Terrain NRM CEO) and Scott Buchanan (Wet Tropics Management Authority, Executive Director) agreed to formalise how to work together, ensuring that this partnership improves collaboration whilst maintaining focus on each organisation’s identity and core responsibilities.