Grants and funding

International projects

Australia takes its role as an environmental and heritage advocate seriously - both in Australia and when working in partnership with other nations to share knowledge and experience to improve the protection of exceptional sites in the Asia-Pacific.

To date, Australia has assisted over 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific to improve the protection of exceptional cultural, historic and natural sites.

Australia's experience

Australia has a wealth of experience in protected area management supported through decades of award winning work in the National Parks system as well as 17 World Heritage properties.

Australia's protected area management is underpinned by an effective legislative framework in the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999 and supported by being one of the first signatories to the World Heritage Convention in 1974 which aims to protect sites of outstanding value throughout the world.

Sharing Australia's experience with the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific is diverse in cultural, historic and natural wonders, many of which can be found in developing countries with limited protection measures and capacity to care for such sites.

Through the Department of Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts, as part of its representation on the World Heritage Committee and through the associated Asia-Pacific Focal Point .

Australia continues to work with countries to:

Drawing together common interest:

Promoting improved environmental governance in the region

Australia is an international leader in World Heritage and environmental protection management and has a key interest in the prosperity, security and development of our Asia-Pacific neighbours.

We have provided significant funding under a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Heritage Centre and through the World Heritage Fund to protect sites in developing countries.

Previous projects

Australia has assisted over 20 countries in the Asia Pacific region, including:

Current projects

Australia is currently partnering countries to improve environmental management and assist in identifying and preparing key sites with World Heritage List potential. These countries include:


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