"Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute"
MOUNTAI E U N BL S E WO T TU RL D TI HE S RITAGE IN Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute The Greater Blue Mountains was recognised by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in the year 2000 as an exceptional example of temperate eucalypt-dominated forest and woodland. Recognition by UNESCO positions the Greater Blue Mountains among nearly 900 properties around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. The Greater Blue Mountains More than 400 animal species World Heritage Area inhabit its gorges and tablelands, including threatened or rare species of Its ancient and dramatic landforms conservation significance, such as the contain rock escarpments, plateaus, Tiger Quoll, Koala, Yellow-bellied Glider, waterfalls, gullies and narrow canyons Giant Dragonfly and Long-nosed Potoroo, that have evolved over tens of millions and rare reptiles including the Green and of years. The Greater Blue Mountains Golden Bell Frog and the Blue Mountains Area comprises eight national parks: Water Skink. Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Kanangra- Boyd, Nattai, Yengo, Gardens of Stone, The Greater Blue Mountains has the Thirlmere Lakes and the Jenolan Caves densest and most diverse network of Karst Reserve, forming the largest walking tracks in Australia, providing integrated system of a million hectares access for millions of visitors each year of protected area in New South Wales. to some of the most spectacular sights in the country. Key ecological features Caring for the World Heritage Area is The area contains and protects more complex and challenging. The protected than 100 species of eucalyptus (of the area is impacted by neighbouring 700 identified Australia-wide) and at least agri-industrial development, and urban another 150 plant species found only in development (population 80,000) this region. extends through the area itself, along It is the catchment and lungs of the a major highway extending from the Sydney basin, providing essential western to eastern border. Tourism, ecosystem services, including the water climate change, fire, and introduced plant supply for Sydney’s population of over and animal species present significant four million. challenges to land management. Heritage is our legacy from the past, what we live with today, and what we pass on to future generations. Our cultural and natural heritage are irreplaceable sources of life and inspiration. UNESCO Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute was established The Institute acknowledges the Darug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, as a not-for-profit organisation in 2004, with members Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal including research organisations and government management Nations as the traditional owners agencies responsible for the World Heritage Area. of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area Mission Activities To broker and facilitate research and The Institute’s primary activities community engagement that supports of brokering and facilitating collaboration in the conservation and interdisciplinary research and management of the Greater Blue community engagement are based on Mountains World Heritage Area. projects, workshops and forums in the key program areas of: Goals Natural and cultural heritage To collectively identify the knowledge needed for the conservation and • Biodiversity conservation adaptive governance of the Greater Blue • Bushfire ecology and management Mountains World Heritage Area and its environs. • Impacts of introduced species To define, broker and coordinate • Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal cultural interdisciplinary research that heritage addresses identified knowledge gaps. To build and maintain partnerships to Sustainable development www.bmwhi.org.au actively support the creation, uptake and • Urban and agri-industrial impacts and Email: email@example.com use of knowledge. sustainability Telephone +61 (0)2 4782 4557 • Tourism PO Box 576 Members Katoomba NSW 2780 Australia • Integrated catchment management Founding members Vallentine Annexe Australian Museum For information on projects, please visit University of NSW 2052 Australia Blue Mountains City Council www.bmwhi.org.au. Botanic Gardens Trust, NSW Department Banner linocut: Jane Canfield of Environment and Climate Change Funding Logo: Guy Fabre (DECC) Photos: Landscape by Henry Gold Photography Parks and Wildlife Group, DECC Being an independent, not-for-profit Design: Austen Kaupe Sydney Catchment Authority organisation, the Institute’s funding is University of New South Wales derived from member contributions, University of Sydney project grants, sponsorship and MOUNTAI University of Western Sydney benefaction. E U N BL S Latest members The Institute is a registered deductible Hawkesbury–Nepean Catchment gift recipient. Tax-deductible donations E WO T Management Authority are welcomed from those interested in TU RL D TI University of Technology, Sydney furthering our work. HE S RITAGE IN March 2009