Research

 

Undertaking research in and around the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area is an exciting way of capturing the incredible amount of information that is stored in one of the most complex ecosystems of the world.

There has already been a wealth of knowledge gained by Rainforest Aboriginal peoples' connection to their Country over the millennia. This knowledge has been passed down to current generations and is used in Indigenous management of the World Heritage Area. The protection of Indigenous Intellectual and Cultural Property Rights remains a concern.

The tropical rainforests of north Queensland have captured the imagination of researchers and the public for decades. Settlers to the region documented the unique plant and animal species of this diverse region in writings sent back to their homelands. Researchers continue to explore the unknowns of the World Heritage Area's ancient forests and diverse species.

Today, the Wet Tropics recognises the role of research in developing learning communities, and supports increased learning through targeted research, sharing information across institutions, and knowledge dissemination. Scientific and social research help Wet Tropics management agencies, research and educational institutions and communities to make informed decisions. As society increasingly understands the role of science and traditional knowledge in decisions affecting landscapes, it is important that Wet Tropics advocate for meaningful research that benefits the World Heritage Area and informs the global research community.  

If we are to protect the unique biodiversity of the World Heritage Area and the complex systems that keep them alive and healthy, we must understand the impacts of their interaction with human settlements, management practices, climate change and invasive species. Equally we must understand the social and economic benefits of having such an extraordinary area located in north Queensland. Wet Tropics enthusiastically share their research documents, hoping that there is something of relevance for everyone who cares to be part of this rich learning landscape.

Tourism

World Heritage Area
research priorities


Wet Tropics Aboriginal
Cultural and Natural
Resource Management Plan
Fact sheet


Wet Tropics Aboriginal
Cultural and Natural
Resource Management Plan

 

 

 

 

 

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New cassowary rehabilitation centre announced for far north Queensland

New cassowary rehabilitation centre announced for far north Queensland

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Advisory committees to inform Wet Tropics board

Advisory committees to inform Wet Tropics board

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Promoting initiatives that showcase all the Wet Tropics has to offer

Promoting initiatives that showcase all the Wet Tropics has to offer

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