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Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Officially Declared as Endangered

Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Officially Declared as Endangered

Minister for the Environment, the Hon Sussan Ley, recently made the decision to list the lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics ecological community, in the Endangered Category under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Lowland Tropical Rainforest at Eubenangee Swamp National Park, in the form of Queensland’s Regional
Ecosystem classification 7.3.10a: Mesophyll vine forest. Moderately to poorly-drained alluvial plains, of moderate
fertility. Lowlands of the very wet and wet zone. © Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment. Credit / Draft Conservation Advice for the Lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion
Map – Lowland tropical rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion (PDF – 2.35 MB)
This map has been compiled from datasets with a range of scales and quality. Species or ecological community distributions included in this map are only indicative and not meant for local assessment. Planning or investment decisions at a local scale should seek some form of ground-truthing to confirm the existence of the species or ecological community at locations of interest. Such assessments should refer to the text of the Listing Advice, which is the legal entity protected under the EPBC Act
.

The listing is effective as of Friday 26 November 2021. The area included is the Wet Tropics of North Queensland, from around Ingham (just south of the Cardwell Range) in the south to north around Cape Tribulation.

Background

Each year on behalf of the Threatened Species Scientific Committee, the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment invites public nominations for items that merit listing as threatened under national environment law. The Lowland Tropical Rainforest of the Wet Tropics Bioregion was nominated for listing as a threatened ecological community in 2017 and was prioritised for assessment that year.

The Committee’s assessment and advice to the Minister for the Environment was due before 30 July 2021.







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