The Wet Tropics Management Authority (Wet Tropics) relies on close ties with the community to conserve and rehabilitate the World Heritage Area and surrounds.

Community groups, Rainforest Aboriginal people, landholders, farmers, conservationists, schools, scientists, councils, government agencies and tour operators all play an integral role.

Conservation of the ancient and unique plants and animals cannot rely solely on legislative protection but, rather, must be conserved as part of a broader social and environmental landscape.

You can read all about the special values of the Wet Tropics in the Understanding section.

You can read more by downloading the World Heritage brochure [1.6MB].



The Australian and Queensland Governments agreed to manage the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area under Queensland legislation which establishes the Wet Tropics Management Authority and authorises the development of a management plan for the Area. The World Heritage Area is also subject to numerous other Australian and Queensland laws. In particular, the Australian Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 regulates significant impacts on World Heritage properties and other Australian interests such as endangered species and nationally important areas. The Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 regulates National Parks, other conservation tenures and wildlife. See  legislation for more details.


Policies and strategies

In addition to the Wet Tropics Management Plan 1998, the Wet Tropics Management Authority (Wet Tropics) has developed numerous policies and strategies to help conserve and protect the Area and meet the aims of the Primary Goal. These provide a wealth of information about conservation and management of the Area, including the Wet Tropics' commitment to ensure that visitors can use and enjoy the Area and learn about its many special qualities. These policies and strategies are all available here in the conserving section.


Managing threats

A major part of conserving the World Heritage Area is to manage threats to its natural integrity. Some of the major threats discussed in these pages include habitat fragmentation, climate change, weeds, feral animals, diseases, increased demands for resources and infrastructure, and altered fire and water regimes. You can also learn about lots of conservation activities within the Wet Tropics community in the Caring section


Rainforest Aboriginal Country

Our legislation and policies recognise the the rights of Rainforest Aboriginal people to participate in management and conservation of their traditional lands. The Rainforest Aboriginal Country section deals with Indigenous management of the World Heritage Area.


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