The landscape of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area has an enormous variety of plant communities that support many birds and small mammals. This impressive biodiversity is one of the reasons the region was recognised for world heritage listing. The huge biodiversity of the area supports ecological and biological processes that allow ecosystems and communities of plants and animals to evolve. The other reason the area is world heritage listed is for its significant natural habitats that support the conservation of biodiversity, including threatened species.
As well as giving an overview of the biodiversity of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this publication provides a complete map of the vegetation for the area, compiled from a number of previous mapping studies. It also outlines results from research into the region's plant ecology, fire regimes and climate change projections.