Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Green List of Protected Areas: Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area

Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area have been jointly accepted to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Green List of Protected Areas (IUCN Green List). They were nominated for inclusion on the IUCN Green List during the pilot phase of this initiative, and formally accepted in November 2014.

The adjoining parks encompass 298 hectares of coastal heath, dunes, wetlands and rainforest. The parks are co-managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service and local Aboriginal Byron Bay Arakwal people, the traditional owners of the lands. The parks protect parts of Country important to the Arakwal people, to whom the reserve boundaries are considered artificial concepts.

Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area meet the global standard of excellence in protected area management. This has been acknowledged the IUCN Green List committee following the provision of sufficient evidence to demonstrate sound planning, equitable governance, effective management and successful outcomes.

Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area are considered exceptional because management:

  • recognises and involves traditional owners in managing and working on their Country
  • protects nationally significant biodiversity values
  • conserves iconic historic heritage features such as Cape Byron lighthouse
  • offers award-winning educational programs and holiday accommodation
  • provides high quality recreational facilities for the local community and visitors.

Ecotourism and educational programs generate a sustainable source of funding for long-term management of the reserves.

Watch the Green List video prepared for the nomination (run time 3:58 min):

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Page last updated: 14 November 2014