A rich, complex and yet fragile landscape…

The Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is a living, breathing vibrant landscape - a refuge to some of the world’s rarest and most endangered plant and animal species.

It’s exotic and mysterious landscapes attract world wide attention with visitors flocking to stand in silent awe beneath its ancient canopies as they catch a glimpse back to when time began.

Yet as ancient, rugged and diverse as it may seem, the  World Heritage Area is still a fragile landscape, vulnerable to the pressures of modern life and all that come with it.


Working together...

Caring for and protecting this timeless treasure is a shared responsibility.
From local communities, land owners, tour operators, businesses and visitors alike, caring for our World Heritage Area requires a coordinated approach. Rainforest Aboriginal people have been taking care of the World Heritage Area and surrounding landscapes for millennia. Rainforest Aboriginal people's connection to the landscape is reflected in their commitment to Caring for Country.

A framework for caring...

There are numerous ways that the World Heritage Area is being cared for. Legislation, management plans and structures, strategies, policies, guidelines and partnership arrangements provide the formal framework for many of the management activities undertaken in and around the World Heritage Area. Equally important however are the small and large projects undertaken by communities in and around the World Heritage Area that build on the cultural and natural values of the wet tropics region.


A community based approach...

Communities and individuals are working to build the resilience of the World Heritage Area by rehabilitation of natural landscape corridors, monitoring of invasive pests and management of its natural resources. The role of the community in caring for the World Heritage Area is acknowledged and celebrated at the Annual Cassowary Awards. Building caring communities ensures a healthy World Heritage Area. 

A blend of ancient knowledge and new...

Currently there are many activities going on around the Wet Tropics region where Rainforest Aboriginal people are leading and involved in, on-ground management of their traditional country. Typically Rainforest Aboriginal people want to be involved in activities such as planning, tourism, walking tracks and other infrastructure, fire management, research, water quality and wildlife protection. They seek training in ranger work and employment, and business opportunities so that they can actively use their customary and contemporary land management knowledge to continue their traditions of managing their country.
To discover how your Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is cared for and protected and how you can help us ensure its future is bright… read on.  

News and Events

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News and Events

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Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Yellow crazy ant taskforce go to battle

Taskforce set to hand-treat yellow crazy ant infestations in southern Cairns suburbs and World Heritage Area... READ MORE

The Authority's July eNews out now

The Authority's July eNews out now

From taking to the skies to getting down among the rainforest and communities, the Authority has been spreading itself wide. ... READ MORE

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

Kids get 'wild' with eco-art sculptures

The Wet Tropics Management Authority has joined students, parents and teachers at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Centre to celebrate their contributi... READ MORE