‘Wet and Wild’: Australian wilderness, wild life in pictures
The iconic wet and wild places of Australia are being preserved as part of a global effort to protect them from extinction, with the country’s largest protected area set to be unveiled in a new project.
The World Heritage-listed Wet and Wild Landmark National Park (Wand), set to open in November, is the first of its kind in the world, covering 1.8 million hectares of Australian wilderness and has been designed to preserve Australia’s unique natural landscape and wild animal populations.
It will be the first major Australian protected area to be built with the help of a $50 million government-funded fund.
It was established by the government in 2006 to preserve the countrys wild environment and provide opportunities for native communities to thrive.
In the new world, it is expected to create more than 4,000 jobs and create about 5,000 direct and indirect jobs, with more than 6,000 new businesses established.
The Wet and Warming Landmark is also the first in Australia to incorporate elements of the European Union’s Regional Convention on the Protection of Wet and Wetland Areas (RCWUA) and to include more than 300 species of mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
The world heritage-listed park will be Australia’s largest, covering more than one-third of the country and will be able to accommodate an estimated one million visitors a year.
Australia’s premier conservation group, the Wilderness Society, has praised the project, saying it will help the country achieve its goal of having “at least 50% of its forests protected as a World Heritage site by 2023”.
“Wand will create thousands of jobs, including more than 2,000 construction jobs, and help sustain Australia’s thriving native wildlife and flora,” said Wilderness Society managing director and CEO Bruce Cameron.
The National Parks Commission (NPCC) has welcomed the announcement, saying the Wet and Warm Landmark would provide “a world-class natural heritage and wild habitat reserve for native Australian wildlife and plant species”.
The Wetland Commission has already completed the Wetland Conservation Plan (WCP), which aims to preserve and protect more than 3.4 million hectares in NSW, Queensland and Victoria.
This includes a network of conservation zones and conservation areas with more then 800 species, including native species, wild plants and mammals, along with an area of 6,500 hectares.
Australia is the only country in the region to have its entire national park area protected.
The WCP includes provisions to protect the Wetlands and Wildlands of NSW, with a total of 454,000 hectares, and the Wet National Parks and Wildlife Management Area (WNMPAA) in Victoria, with an additional 2.1 million hectares.
The national parks commission is responsible for managing Australia’s national parks, the WCP and WNPAA.
The NT Government also has a Wetland Management Plan, which covers 1.2 million hectares, the NT Wetland Area Management Plan and the NT Wildlands Management Plan.
The NT is a regional authority and manages its own Wetlands National Park and Wetlands Wetland National Park, with its Wetlands Wilderness Park and Wildland National Parks.
The WA Government has a regional wetland management plan and is currently reviewing it.
In South Australia, the WA Government also owns the South Australian Wetland.
The State Government has the South Western Wetland and the South West Wetland in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory also has the Northern Wetland, with South-eastern Wetlands in the Northern Territories and the Southern Wetlands on the Gold Coast.
The Australian Parks and Conservation Authority manages the Wet Waters Wetlands, a region that covers more than 30,000 square kilometres in South-east Australia, Western Australia and Western Australia.
The SA Government owns and manages more than 5,200,000 acres of wetlands.
The ACT Government owns the Wet Wetlands Waters and the Western Wetlands of the ACT and is planning a Wetlands Stewardship Scheme.
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