The Riversleigh Management Strategy
Queensland Environment Protection Agency: Queensland Parks & Wildlife Service and Environment Australia
About this publication
1.1 Vision for the Riversleigh World Heritage area
Riversleigh is a place where World Heritage values are protected, respected, understood and presented so that the story of these values, and also of Riversleigh's other cultural and natural heritage values, can be told to the world.
1.2 Purpose of the Riversleigh Management Strategy
This document establishes the Riversleigh Management Strategy for managing the Riversleigh component of the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites (Riversleigh/ Naracoorte) World Heritage area.
The purpose of the Riversleigh Management Strategy (the Strategy) is to:
- Provide a management framework for maintaining the integrity of the World Heritage area;
- Present clear information concerning Australia's obligations in relation to the Riversleigh World Heritage area and identify the other values associated with Riversleigh;
- Establish new consultative arrangements for the management of the World Heritage area; and
- Present strategies for managing the World Heritage area and for incorporating Riversleigh's other values into the World Heritage management arrangements through actions to:
- Transmit, and
- Rehabilitate World Heritage values.
Australia has obligations under the Convention for the Protection of World Cultural and Natural Heritage (the World Heritage Convention) to identify, protect, conserve, present, transmit to future generations and, if appropriate, rehabilitate the World Heritage values of a World Heritage property. The Strategy has been prepared in accordance with these international responsibilities under the World Heritage Convention.
The Strategy is not a statutory document although it is consistent with the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld), and takes into account the Australian World Heritage Management Principles established by Regulation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth ).
By agreeing to the Strategy, governments commit to abide by its vision and purpose and to aim for its expected outcomes when developing policies, statutory management plans and other planning instruments in relation to Riversleigh.
In particular, the Strategy will provide assistance to the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Ministerial Council and the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Steering Committee when making decisions concerning policies for protecting and managing the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites. The Strategy will also be useful to managers, ensuring they give appropriate consideration to World Heritage obligations, when developing management directions or statutory management plans for the World Heritage area. The Strategy does not attempt to provide detailed management directions.
The Strategy was developed after a public consultation process involving discussions with stakeholders and a public exhibition draft prepared by Manidis Roberts Consultants.
1.3 Preparation and review of the Strategy
The Riversleigh Management Strategy will be current for up to 7 years from the date of its approval by the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Ministerial Council. The Strategy will remain current until the Ministerial Council has approved a new strategy.
The timeframe has been adopted in keeping with the Australian World Heritage Management Principles established by Regulation under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The timeframe for review provides a medium to long term planning prospect with a reasonable opportunity for implementing identified management actions and measuring the effectiveness in achieving the desired outcomes.
The review of the Strategy will involve a direction by the Ministerial Council to prepare a new Strategy. The draft Strategy will be prepared by the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Steering Committee in consultation with the Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee. The new Strategy will be approved by the Ministerial Council on the advice of the Steering Committee and Advisory Committee. (See Figure 1; for details of the Committees see Part 5.)
The review of the Strategy will:
- Assess the continuing relevance of identified issues;
- Assess the extent to which expected outcomes have been achieved;
- Assess the effectiveness of management responses;
- Identify where objectives have not been met and why;
- Identify new or emerging issues; and
- Establish a new set of objectives and management actions.
Measures of the effectiveness of the Strategy will include:
- success in maintaining the integrity of the World Heritage area as stated in the nomination document;
- improvements in identification, protection, conservation, presentation and transmission of the World Heritage values of the property
- increased participation and involvement in management by Traditional Owners and other members of the Riversleigh community;
- usefulness of the Strategy in assisting decision-making by Governments, consultative committees and managers developing management directions and statutory management plans.
Before the Strategy expires, there may need to be amendments to it where new issues emerge or information obtained from monitoring and research may change management direction or where it is clear that a stated outcome is not being achieved. The Strategy may only be amended by the Australian Fossil Mammal Sites Steering Committee, in consultation with the Riversleigh Community and Scientific Advisory Committee. The Steering Committee may place amendments on public exhibition to seek the views of the general community at its discretion.