The Great Blue Mountains World Heritage
“They are also blue. This is not only the effect of distance but also of the characteristic and evocative atmospheric blue haze from the fine drops of oil, which are dispersed by their eucalypt-dominated vegetation and perfuming the air” (The Greater Blue Mountains Area World Heritage Nomination)
In order to attract different kind of visitors the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area (GBMWHA), is accessible and its magnificent scenery is combined by visitor facilities and services. Rainforest, canyons, plateaus, gorges and sandstone cliff-line bring excitement to the worldwide adventures lovers; meanwhile its closeness with the most populous city in Australia (Sydney) as well as its lookouts, picnic areas and walking tracks offer a perfect destination for the enjoyment of neighbour settlers.
World Heritage Area
The GBMWHA it covers 1,032,649 hectares that has been recognised as a World Heritage Area since December 2000. It is made up by seven national parks and one karst conservation reserve covering a buffer area of 86,200 hectares. The Blue Mountains National Park, Wollemi National Park, Kanangra-Boyd National Park, Yengo National Park, Gardens of Stone National Park, Nattai National Park, Thirlmere Lakes National Park with the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve are the eight protected areas included in this World Heritage Area. It also can be “divided into four geographical sectors reflecting changes in landscape and vegetation. Each is named after a local landmark with an Aboriginal name: Monundilla (north-west), Mellong (north-east), Kedumba (central) and Colong (south)”.
Furthermore, the iconic eucalyptus forest of the GBMWHA has been described as a “natural laboratory”, which provides the opportunity of tracing the changing nature of the Australian environment. As consequence, the Blue Mountains biodiversity and management create an outdoors classroom for students and professionals who are looking for practical experiences in their fields.
Sense of belonging: a key for protected areas conservation
The sense of belonging is a highlight key for improving the well use and management of our protected areas, because when we feel attached with something we do our best to protect it. For this reason, a well-coordinated cooperation between audiences that live in/around protected areas is imperative to guarantee its conservation. In the GBMWHA, community has a deep sense of belonging which is expressed through their involvement with the area; tourism service providers, inhabitants, institutions/organisations and tourists are working together for the ecosystem health.
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