The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute focuses on integrated research of the natural and cultural resources of this special area so it can be loved and cared for by all.
We have operated for more than 10 years providing research opportunities, education and information for the community.
We acknowledge the Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal language groups as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area
The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA)
The GBMWHA is the catchment and lungs of the Sydney basin, providing a wide range of essential ecosystem services. It is internationally recognised for its biodiversity and cultural significance and is particularly noted for its wide and balanced representation of eucalypt habitats. Eight national parks (Blue Mountains, Wollemi, Kanangra-Boyd, Nattai, Yengo, Gardens of Stone, Thirlmere Lakes and Jenolan Caves Karst Reserve) were integrated into the GBMWHA, which was added to the World Heritage List in 2000 to form the largest integrated system of protected areas in New South Wales. GMBWHA Information
UNESCO World Heritage
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) seeks to encourage the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity. This is embodied in an international treaty called the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972. The inscription of properties onto the World Heritage List is not the end, but the beginning of the global community taking responsibility for effective protection and management of these exceptional places. At its heart World Heritage is about identifying, protecting, conserving, presenting and transmitting the planet’s outstanding heritage to future generations. World Heritage Information