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1 Managing the threats facing the Daintree Rainforest BIODIVERSITY UNDER THREAT

2 What do we know already about the Daintree Rainforest?

3  Tourism-  Worth 141.7 million Australian $ a year  Many partake in destructive activities there- such as fishing, 4 wheel drive tours, walking, reef diving, horse riding  Ferry carries 700 vehicles across river daily  0.5 million visitors annually  Increased accommodation since 1991  70% of tourists visit independently- 30% with registered coach companies  Recent improvements- road tarmac increasing visitor numbers  Visitors think there’s too much accommodation and enough walking tracks already in place What are the threats to the Daintree?

4  Growth and change in Port Douglas  Population 4000  Large visitor numbers have led to decline in small local shops replaced by a small supermarket  Property booms  2 new resorts just nearing completion, 2 underway and 2 more in process of planning  Small forest areas have been divided up and sold to developers- some have been built on and environmental concerns have been addressed others have been turned to cattle ranches  Red cedar became extinct in 2000 after builder removed all  If land clearing isn’t stopped 85 rare plant species stand to be lost What are the threats to the Daintree?

5  Ferry capacity limits traffic, population and visitor levels  No Mains electric north of river- so people there have to generate own through RAPS, own generators or solar power  Local services only support small local population- no mains water or sewer disposal system  In 2000 planners gained permission for a McDonalds on site, but now it has been withdrawn- citing a destruction of local values and too much change as reasons Limits to development

6  Began in late 1860’s to cultivate sugar cane production continued to early 1990s  Most clearance today, for pasture (86%), with remainder cleared for crops (10%), mining infrastructure and settlement (4%)  Shift from central to southern Queensland away from Daintree Deforestation

7  Add the threats faced by the Daintree to your case study  Which threat/s to the Daintree do you perceive to be the biggest? Why?  What are the causes of deforestation? Classify into social, economic and environmental Tasks

8 Who is involved in the management? Key players  Wet tropics management authority  Douglas Shire Council (till2008) then Cairns regional council  Australian Rainforest Foundation  Wildlife preservation society of Queensland  Australian Tropical Research Foundation  Rainforest cooperative research council Managing the Daintree

9 Tasks  You will each be given a key player  You must research your position using the parrot book  Look at what strategies they have put in place  Why they are doing it  Have they been successful

10  There are obviously conflicts in the ways different groups want to manage the Daintree  How far are the conflicts a case of economic v environment? Is anything as important? Why?  How would you manage it? Which ideas would you keep/ discard? Why? Other ideas? Sustainability? Tasks

11  Formed 1990  Based in Cairns, main functions-  Developing and implementing plans and policies  Researching and monitoring enhancing understanding of the importance of the heritage area- monitoring state of wet tropics  Developing management agreements with landholders and aborigines’  Providing education through visitor centres  Funding  Promotion of the area Wet tropics management authority

12  Aims were to gradually reduce population in Daintree  Increased ferry coasts to limit numbers, but numbers still increasing  Rejected plans for a bridge across river to replace ferry and rejected another ferry option- on grounds that extra visitors and pop. Would endanger rainforest Douglas Shire council

13  Community development-  12-1400 people to live in area and be involved in stewardship and conservation of land  Base employment on tourism, organic Farming, tropical horticulture and small business ops.  Settle about 600 blocks of land  Biodiversity conservation-  adopt settlement and land management practices on private land to protect the outstanding biodiversity  Identify biodiversity hotspots for conservation for no development  Identify threats from wild animals  540 blocks remain unsettled Rainforest cooperative research council Report from 2000- found unless action was taken, area would see increase in residential development, loss of biodiversity and reduction in attractiveness to tourists. They implemented these strategies to try to build a SUSTAINABLE future for the area

14  Douglas Shire Council/ Cairns regional council-  Introduce planning controls for biodiversity conservation  Ensure settlement densities are sustainable  Electricity supply-  When settlement densities are at sustainable level, use underground cables to extend supply far north as copper creek  People north of copper creek remain on RAPS  Indigenous people-  Recognise the rights of aboriginal peoples to own land and promote their culture within the forest  Water supply and waste management-  Keep water extraction from streams and underground supplies within sustainable limits  Use best available domestic tech for waste disposal Rainforest cooperative research council

15  Roads and ferry  Ferry to remain gateway to area as essential access  Improve tourist facilities south of river and recreation facilities north of  Reduce forest cut backs- the road to cap tribulation should be a green tunnel with windows through the forest to mountain and coast scenery  Tourism-  Increase tourist numbers to 550,000 to boost and maintain local economy  Increase no. of tourists staying for 7ral nights or more and revisiting area  Monitor tourist impacts and ensure sustainability  Financing  Use ferry income to assist community services infrastructure and conservation  Establish Daintree Land trust to support land acquisition and pay compensation for lost land  Meet cost of priority purchase and financial incentives for conservation  Subsidise electricity supply Rainforest cooperative research council

16  Not for profit organisation dedicated to education, research and habitat rehabilitation- involved in variety of projects-  Operation Big Bird- creation of 250km wide wildlife corridor to help protect the Cassowary- path will link Cairns too southern coast town of Cardwell- these help biodiversity by enabling species movement to feed, breed and colonise  Australian govt has funded ARF for range of conservation initiatives- including BUY BACK, process of buying back land from developers who previously purchased it to reduce development.  Encourages remaining developers to do so in an eco way through education Australian Rainforest Foundation (ARF)

17  Community based not for profit conservation group. Committed to a sustainable future for people and wildlife  Support ban on development in the area Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland

18  Created 1993  Oversee operation of visitor centres and education facilities at the Cape tribulation tropical research station and the wet tropics visitor centre- highlight global importance of the tropical forest ecosystem Australian Tropical Research Foundation


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