Title: The trials and tribulations of gaining World Heritage listing for Australia's only tropical rainforest, the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area

Authors: Patricia Blazey

Addresses: Faculty of Business and Corporate Governance, Macquarie University, Epping Road, Sydney 2109, Australia

Abstract: The article undertakes an analysis of the problems that had to be overcome before the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area in North East Queensland gained its listing as a World Heritage Area in 1988. It demonstrates how differing political views and the power of self-interested groups supported by political parties can thwart the sustainable management and protection of a valuable natural resource even in a developed country such as Australia.

Keywords: Wet Tropics World Heritage; sustainable management; Australia; World Heritage status; tropical rainforest; sustainability; political views; self-interest groups; environmental protection; natural resources.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLAP.2014.065213

International Journal of Public Law and Policy, 2014 Vol.4 No.4, pp.393 - 402

Received: 08 May 2021
Accepted: 12 May 2021

Published online: 16 Oct 2014 *

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