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The Wet Tropics Management Authority protects, conserves and promotes the sustainable use, understanding and enjoyment of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area through strong partnerships with community, industry and Rainforest Aboriginal people for the enrichment of all.
Building strong, supportive and collaborative partnerships, the Wet Tropics Management Authority provides leadership, guidance and advocacy for the protection and rehabilitation of the outstanding values of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area - securing a living, vibrant legacy for future generations.
Working in partnership to present and promote discovery, understanding and connection to the rich natural and cultural values of our Wet Tropics World Heritage Area, the Wet Tropics Management Authority seeks to ensure that this ancient and irreplaceable landscape is treasured and celebrated by all.
Through conservation, research, tourism and community partnerships, the Wet Tropics Management Authority promotes enjoyment and appreciation of the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area - connecting and creating outstanding opportunities to enrich the lives of people everywhere.
Like music and art, love of nature is a common language that can transcend political or social boundaries
I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, \'This is what it is to be happy\'
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want
Why is the Wet Tropics Management Authority part of the National Landscapes program?
The Wet Tropics Management Authority has been a key champion of the Commonwealth government’s National Landscapes program, which provides a highly conducive partnership framework for aligning the interests of tourism, conservation and Indigenous groups to achieve shared aspirations for sustainable tourism in areas showcasing the best of Australia’s nature.
It accords well with our strategic focus on supporting the development of a sustainable nature-based tourism industry which is committed to ensuring the highest standards of best presentation of the natural and cultural values of the Wet Tropics World Heritage area.
Accordingly, Wet Tropics Management Authority has sought to lead the regional effort to have the Wet Tropics region as one of Australia’s 15 National Landscapes.
We are motivated to do this to ensure that maximum community, industry and conservation benefits flow from the management of our World Heritage Area including outstanding visitor experiences, awareness of the special values and conservation needs as well as the opportunity to learn of the deep spiritual and cultural connections of Rainforest Aboriginal people to the Wet Tropics region.
The Steering Committee and Reference Group
Essential to the success of the program is stakeholder collaboration: tourism organisations and operators working with protected area agencies, local councils, conservation groups, government and indigenous communities.
The Program challenges participants to work together and ‘think big’, leveraging their marketing funds and ideas toward a common benefit.
The Reference Group’s membership balances tourism and environmental expertise and currently made up of representation from the following organizations:
For more information: Terms of Reference (TOR) Wet Tropics National Landscapes
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