Cape Byron, Arakwal NP among world's best managed
THE Arakwal National Park and Cape Byron State Conservation Area have been recognised as two of the best-managed nature reserves in the world in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN's) inaugural "Green List".
The jointly managed Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Arakwal National Park are among only three areas in Australia to be recognised by the IUCN Green List announced at the World Park Congress in Sydney at the weekend.
The other Australian site to make the list was Montague Nature Reserve off the NSW South Coast, home to little penguins and fur seals.
The IUCN Green List of Protected Areas is the only global standard of good practice for protected areas.
Cape Byron and the Arakwal National Park off Tallow Beach are among 23 sites to have been selected from eight countries.
NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes paid tribute to the Arakwal people.
"This jointly managed protected area collectively receives 1.2 million visitors annually and is now self-sustaining financially through tourism revenue which is an incredible achievement," Mr Stokes said.
"The success of Cape Byron SCA and Arakwal National Park and their inclusion on the IUCN Green List is a direct reflection of the close collaboration between NPWS and the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities as well as the extensive support received from a vibrant and enthusiastic volunteer force."