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We are a membership-based, non-government organisation, working since 2004 to support better conservation of the extraordinary natural and cultural wonders of the Greater Blue Mountains and its region.  Our mission is to engage people and science in caring for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  Read more


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Low Carbon Tourism

We provide tools for the Blue Mountains tourism sector to reduce its carbon footprint, including:

  • Sustainability audits to help businesses improve their environmental performance
  • A web and smartphone app to help tourists select low-carbon services

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Evaluation of Fire Stories—A Lesson in Time

In 2013 The Institute released the Fire Stories documentary film, examining the experience of the devastating 1957 Leura bushfires.

How did seeing this film influence how residents subsequently responded to a similar fire threat?

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Dingo ecology in the Blue Mountains

Watch this short animation from our Phd researcher Dan Hunter on Australia’s apex predators.

Dan’s research explores the role of dingoes in forests and demonstrates that their removal is having negative repercussions on ecosystems.

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The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area

The Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area was inscribed onto UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 2000. An area four times the size of the Australian Capital Territory, it protects the largest intact forest landscape on the Australian mainland.

We acknowledge the Dharug, Gundungurra, Wanaruah, Wiradjuri, Darkinjung and Tharawal language groups as the traditional owners of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

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