Threats to the World Heritage Area

This section deals with a range of direct threats and underlying pressures. Threats such as fragmentation, climate change, weeds, feral animals and diseases are listed in the navigation on the side bar. Other threats are in the drop down menu under Threats to the Area.

 

Direct threats

There is a wide range of threats to the biodiversity and scenery of the Wet Tropics. These can be threats to the survival of ecosysytems, threats to individual species or threats to the beauty of the Area. These threats are all discussed in more detail on other pages in the website. The main direct threats are listed below.

  • Fragmentation
  • Climate change
  • Weeds
  • Feral animals
  • Altered fire regimes
  • Altered water flows and water quality
  • Cyclones

 

Indirect threats

There is also a range of underlying pressures on the World Heritage Area. These include:

  • Regional population growth
  • Urban development and pollution
  • Demand for community infrastructure (water, roads, electricity)
  • Farming (agriculture, grazing and aquaculture)
  • Tourism and recreation

You can also read more about direct and indirect threats in the Wet Tropics Conservation Strategy.
 

 

News and Events

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Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

Wet Tropics Indigenous ranger network creates new connections

Indigenous rangers have led a series of workshops in far north Queensland aimed at creating stronger ties between Rainforest Aboriginal peoples c... READ MORE

Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

Corridor opens new avenues for Wet Tropics wildlife

A vigorous tree planting session held in March is set to create a critical ecological corridor for Wet Tropics wildlife, linking the tropical coa... READ MORE

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

Research grants fund further study into Wet Tropics

The plight of some of Australia's rarest marsupials headline the latest funding splash into the world's oldest rainforest.... READ MORE