The Hon. Greg Hunt MP
Minister for the Environment
World Parks Congress gets underway in Sydney
12 November 2014
Our protected areas are huge economic and social assets. In Australia, nature-based tourism attracts around 36 million visitors, delivering more than $30 billion a year to our economy.
Parks are an intrinsic part of our way of life, delivering social and health benefits for our families and communities. Our protected areas help to deliver the clean air, clean land and clean water that help to keep Australia healthy.
Australia’s Indigenous land managers and rangers play a big role in this. By managing parks and Indigenous Protected Areas they are keeping culture and country strong, benefitting all Australians, while providing meaningful jobs and business development opportunities back to their own communities.
That’s why it’s important Australia contributes to the conversation at IUCN World Parks Congress.
The Congress will set the agenda for protected areas for the next decade – a huge mandate. Over the next seven days we’ll be tackling some of the complex problems facing our people, parks and planet.
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