Nature conservation

Protected areas

World Heritage and associative natural values of the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia

This report reviews the World Heritage values of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia World Heritage Area, previously known as the Central Eastern Rainforest Reserves of Australia (CERRA).

The Gondwana Rainforests were inscribed on the World Heritage list because of their outstanding universal significance in terms of natural heritage. The rainforests satisfied three of the four possible criteria for the listing of a natural property:

  • Criterion (i): 'be outstanding examples representing major stages of Earth's history, including the record of life, significant on-going geological processes in the development of landforms, or significant geomorphic or physiographic features.'
  • Criterion (ii): 'be outstanding examples representing significant on-going ecological and biological processes in the evolution and development of terrestrial, fresh water, coastal and marine ecosystems and communities of plants and animals.'
  • Criterion (iv): 'contain the most important and significant habitats for in-situ conservation of biological diversity, including those containing threatened species of outstanding universal value from the point of view of science or conservation.

The report identifies attributes of the Gondwana Rainforests which demonstrate the values under each of these criteria. It assesses the condition of integrity of these attributes, and identifies threats to them.

The report also identifies a number of other natural values that contribute to the global importance of the Gondwana Rainforests.

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