Implications of climate change for Australia's World Heritage properties: a preliminary assessment

2009

Department of Climate Change and the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts

 

About this report

World Heritage properties are important to all people and have a universal value that transcends national boundaries. Australia's 17 World Heritage properties include the world's largest, the Great Barrier Reef, extensive natural and Indigenous places like Kakadu National Park, isolated marine and terrestrial areas such as Macquarie Island, and Sydney Opera House, an architectural masterpiece.

Committed to protecting the values of Australia's World Heritage properties, in 2006 the Australian Government asked the Australian National University to assess the exposure, potential impacts and adaptive capacity of our World Heritage properties to climate change and to identify major knowledge gaps. This resulting report will inform management plans and government policy on World Heritage and climate change adaptation plans into the future.

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