What We Do >> Overview
To broker and facilitate research and community engagement that supports the conservation and management of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.
[ Click here to view a map of the GBMWHA ]
- To collectively identify the knowledge needed for the conservation and adaptive governance of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and its environs
- To define, broker and coordinate interdisciplinary research that addresses identified knowledge gaps
- To build and maintain partnerships to actively support the creation, uptake and use of knowledge
- To have an effective organisation with optimal staff, board members and resources
As of June 2009, the Institute is implementing its revised Strategic Plan and associated Research Strategy, which will guide activities into 2012.
The Strategic Plan succinctly presents the key goals, values and strategies of the Institute, while the Research Strategy provides the framework for research and community engagement based on the management issues defined in the 2009 Strategic Plan of Management for the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In particular, the Research Strategy guides the prospectus of projects that is now being prepared for implementation over the coming years to inform conservation and management of the World Heritage Area.
View the Strategic Plan 2009 - 2012 [ download pdf ]
View the Research Strategy 2009 - 2012 [ download pdf ]
The Institute’s primary activities
of brokering and facilitating
interdisciplinary research and Community Engagement are based on
projects, workshops and forums in the
key program areas of:
Natural and Cultural Heritage
- Integrity of the protected area
- Water catchment protection
- Cultural heritage (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal)
- Landscape, natural beauty and aesthetic values
View the Research Prospectus 2010 [ download pdf ]
- Major impacts related to urban and agr-industrial development
- Recreation and visitor use
The Institute is funded from the following main sources: member contributions, project grants, and donations from sponsors and benefactors.
As an independent, not-for-profit organisation, the Institute has tax-deductible gift-recipient status and welcomes donations from those interested in furthering its work.
View our annual financial report for 2010 [ download pdf ]