World Heritage Areas as learning landscapes - turning research results into management action

The World Heritage Centre has proposed that, "World Heritage properties can serve as laboratories where monitoring, mitigation and adaptation processes can be applied, tested and improved. They can partner with relevant organizations in field activities on mitigation and adaptation strategies, methodologies, tools and/or pilot projects". While this proposal was developed in the context of climate change, its logic extends to all aspects of the sustainable management of World Heritage Areas to achieve sustainable environmental, social and economic outcomes.

This event will seek to share global knowledge and experience in addressing questions such as:
How can we best guide research and monitoring activity to address management needs?
How can managers best capture and apply knowledge generated by research and monitoring activities?
How can we ensure research and monitoring outcomes are influential in decision making?
How can we capitalise on knowledge generated in relation to World Heritage Areas to influence sustainable management in surrounding catchments and landscapes?
How can we best engage communities and stakeholders in the knowledge brokering and communication process to build support for and confidence in management programs?

This event will seek to build on recent efforts to more firmly establish the Wet Tropics of Queensland [Australia] World Heritage Area as a ┬┤learning landscape┬┤. It will explore building and sustaining partnerships between researchers, WH property managers and communities and stakeholders.

While its initial focus is on World Heritage in tropical forests and their catchments and surrounding landscapes, it is of relevance to all ecosytems in all protected areas.

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