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                              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.
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:
                                            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           
actively support the creation, uptake and   • Urban and agri-industrial impacts and     Email:
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       
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
University of Western Sydney                benefaction.                                                      E


Latest members                              The Institute is a registered deductible
Hawkesbury–Nepean Catchment                 gift recipient. Tax-deductible donations


  Management Authority                      are welcomed from those interested in


University of Technology, Sydney            furthering our work.                                          HE               S
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                                                                                        March 2009

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