The Wet Tropics is one of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet and the only place where two interconnected World Heritage sites exist side by side – the Great Barrier Reef and the world’s oldest continuously surviving rainforest.

The IUCN has ranked the Wet Tropics as the second most irreplaceable place in the world because it is home to wildlife that doesn’t exist anywhere else.

It also has the potential to be one of the most important climate refugia on the planet.

The Challenge 

The interconnected reefs and forests of the Wet Tropics are both at risk. However, while the Great Barrier Reef attracts significant investment (although still not enough), biodiversity and forest restoration are seriously under-funded despite the potential for multiple co-benefits.

Across the region there are substantial areas of ancient remnant forest that are still unprotected and at risk from:

  • Climate change
  • Urban development
  • Agricultural development
  • Weeds
  • Feral animals


The Wet Tropics World Heritage Rainforest is composed of large areas of fragmented habitat. Our goal is to reconnect and buffer these remaining areas to create one large healthy and intact system that is more resilient. This will help us conserve this critical ecosystem for future generations.

Multiple benefits:

Accelerating the restoration of these forests has multiple benefits:

  • Protection of threatened species habitat (inc. cassowary, mahogany glider, mabi rainforest, littoral rainforest, spectacled flying fox)
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Protection of important climate refugia
  • Filtration of water flowing to the Great Barrier Reef
  • Opportunities for Indigenous people and local rural communities

Why invest in forest restoration in the Wet Tropics?  

  • One of the most biologically diverse regions on the planet with potential as a climate refugia
  • Established landscape restoration sector with capacity to scale
  • Collaborative partnerships – conservation organisations coordinating through the Wet Tropics Restoration Alliance (established by the Wet Tropics Management Authority)
  • Strategic approach informed by some of the world’s finest scientific expertise and Traditional Owner Ecological Knowledge

wet tropics wildlife corridors

**Dark green blocks – wildlife corridors prioritised for restoration to reconnect habitat areas

How to invest

  1. Direct Investment
    Terrain NRM’s Natural Capital Fund has DGR status, enabling tax deductible investment into the Green Connections program.
  2. Reforest
    A new app called Reforest is being trialled with the local tourism sector. It enables visitors to offset their trip by donating towards a local pilot project that is revegetating endangered Mabi forest on the Atherton Tablelands.
  3. Cassowary Credits
    One of the world’s first biodiversity credit schemes is designed to reward landholders for improving land that is unsuitable for agriculture to increase investment in forest restoration. It is currently undergoing pilot testing and will be market ready in 2024.  Read more.