The Daintree Rainforest and UNESCO World Heritage Site have been around for roughly 180 million years. The rainforest was owned by Australia’s third most populated state Queensland, but today they gave ownership of the rainforest to a local Indigenous group. This rainforest was listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 1988 and is known for its rich biodiversity.
The indigenous group receiving the offer were the traditional owners of the land and are the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people. Meaghan Scanlon, Queensland Environment Minister said in a statement “This agreement recognizes their right to own and manage their country, to protect their culture and share it with visitors as they become leaders in the tourism industry,”
Australia has the Uluru and Kakadu parks which are owned by local Indigenous people and are located in the country’s remote north. This is the first time Queensland has transferred ownership of a national park in the Wet Tropics region to an Indigenous group.
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