Natural Heritage Principles

The principles in this document have been developed to guide the Heritage Council of NSW in considering community requests to protect natural heritage items and in exercising generally its responsibilities under the Heritage Act.

Date
1 January 2000
Publisher
NSW Heritage Office
Type
Heritage publications, Information series, Publication
Status
Final
Cost
Free
Language
English
Tags
  • ISBN 1-87641-5436
  • File PDF 51KB
  • Pages 8
  • Name natural-heritage-principles.pdf

The environmental heritage of NSW includes components of the living and non-living environment. It consists of both natural heritage – land resources, marine, estuarine and inland waters and diverse animal and plant life – and cultural heritage, reflected in the evidence of human occupation and settlement.

Over the past 40,000 years of human occupation and, in particular, the last 200 years of European settlement, the natural environment of NSW has been modified dramatically and in many areas the rate of extinction and modifications is accelerating. The recognition of the value in conserving our remaining natural heritage estate is vital.