Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, The

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute Appeal

The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that brings together research, local communities, and government agencies to support the conservation and management of the natural and cultural resources of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA) and the surrounding Sydney basin region.

The GBMWHA was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000 for its unique eucalypt ecosystem and is internationally recognised for its biodiversity and cultural values. The GBMWHA covers over one million hectares, and is the catchment and lungs of the Sydney basin.

The UNESCO World Heritage Convention guides the Institute's work, which is to facilitate interdisciplinary research into the region's unique environment. Three program areas - Natural and Cultural Heritage, Sustainable Development and Community Engagement provide the focus of the Institute's work.

How will the funds be used?

Funds raised will support the Institute's environmental and social research, as well as community engagement and education projects

Key Areas of Expenditure

Natural and Cultural Heritage Program:
  • monitoring impacts of climate change, fire and introduced species, and developing an adaptive management framework for the GBMWHA
  • mapping the Aboriginal cultural heritage values of the GBMWHA
  • fire research and planning
  • recording/documenting rock art of GBMWHA
  • Indigenous co-management within the GBMWHA
Sustainable Development Program:
  • sustainable agri-industries neighbouring the GBMWHA
  • agroforestry and bioenergy research
  • energy-efficiency projects
  • sustainable tourism
Community Engagement Program:
  • community cultural development involving workshops and exhibitions on subjects such as rock art, fire and ecological conservation
  • World Heritage enviro-cultural and indigenous schools education programme
  • seminars and conferences on a wide range of regional environmental issues

  • Operating Costs:
    • Administration and programme support

Contact Details

39 Whitton Street
KATOOMBA NSW, 2780

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes

Will I receive a receipt for my donation?

Yes, as soon as your donation is processed.