Our vision is to see the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area being loved and cared for by all.
We seek to achieve that vision through engaging research and people in a way that applies the best available knowledge and expertise to the challenges and opportunities of the Blue Mountains.
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute is a membership-based, non-government organisation which has operated for more than 10 years to support better conservation of the extraordinary natural and cultural wonders of the Greater Blue Mountains and its region.
Our activities are not narrowly focused on single discipline science. We strive to integrate good environmental science with the socio-economic and well-being needs of 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 Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. Comprising 8 protected areas, this forest and sandstone escarpment complex protects a globally unique system of over 1,000,000 hectares. An area four times the size of the Australian Capital Territory, it protects the largest intact forest landscape on the Australian mainland.
The GBMWHA provides vital ecosystem services to Australia’s largest metropolis: clean air, clean water, healthy soils and biodiversity. It is home to an extraordinary array of unique wildlife including a very significant proportion of Australia’s Eucalypt species as well as a diversity of ancient Gondwanan relic plants and animals. This extraordinary system is subject to many pressures and threats, such as fire, urban development, weeds and feral animals, mining and climate change. Major development corridors are home to more than 75,000 residents and the area is Australia’s largest regional tourist destination with nearly 4 million visitors enjoying the delights of the Mountains each year.
This is the context within which the Institute pursues its vision and mission.