Planning for the interface between natural world heritage areas and cities - a look at Sydney and the Greater Blue Mountains

Adrienne Keane

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Not all natural world heritage areas are isolated wilderness. Many are located adjacent to substantial urban settlements. There are inevitable interface issues that arise from the proximity between these significant natural areas and cities. The Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage, and its corresponding operational guidelines, provide minimal advice to the policy makers and planners of cities to ensure the conservation of the natural values of these significant protected areas. This paper summarises the literature on planning approaches to protected areas generally, concentrating upon the interface between urban areas and protected areas while looking to apply this literature to natural world heritage areas. Secondly, drawing on current doctoral research, the paper uses the city of Sydney and its interface with the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area to explore the ways in which local planning schemes recognise and address issues associated with the protection of natural world heritage areas. As a result, the paper outlines implications for the planning policies and plans of urban settlements that adjoin world heritage areas, identifying planning approaches which specifically address the urban - natural heritage interface.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationState of Australian Cities National Conference, 24-27 November 2009, Perth, Western Australia program and abstracts
Subtitle of host publicationcity growth, sustainability, vitality and vulnerability
EditorsP. J. Maginn, R. Jones, F. Haslam-Mackenzie, B. Boruff, J. Clifton, B. Giles-Corti, S. Khan, G. Martin, S. Paulin, T. Perkins, B. J. Shaw, M. Tonts, K. Van Niel
Place of PublicationCanning Bridge, W. A.
PublisherPromaco Conventions
Number of pages30
ISBN (Print)1863081569
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventState of Australian Cities Conference (4th : 2009) - Perth
Duration: 24 Nov 200927 Nov 2009


ConferenceState of Australian Cities Conference (4th : 2009)


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