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About the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute
The Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute (BMWHI) was formed in 2004 primarily to:
- identify, initiate and coordinate cross-disciplinary research to inform policy and management; and to
- build collaboration between the range of stakeholders concerned with the GBMWHA
Three universities and five government agencies became founding partners and research, arts and education programs commenced.
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Currently, 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
- Major impacts related to urban and agr-industrial development
- Recreation and visitor use
BMWHI activities are guided by the UNESCO World Heritage Convention. Adopting these principles, the Institute works to foster greater knowledge, understanding and conservation of the natural values and beauty of this extraordinary area, just sixty kilometres west of Sydney.
BMWHI values the knowledge and culture of the Traditional Owners of the World Heritage Area and other Aboriginal communities in the region.
- acts as a knowledge broker, bringing together academic, regulatory and community interests in the policy and management process
- defines and implements research projects across a range of disciplines including biodiversity, ecosystem management and socio-economic issues
- runs seminars and workshops on issues relating to the GBMWHA
- develops and conducts education programs which promote understanding and appreciation of World Heritage values and foster responsible stewardship
Funding is derived from government research grants, benefaction, sponsorship and from the annual contributions of our partner organisations.
If you would like to make a tax-deductible donation to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute, please visit our online donations page
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