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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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