Location and Values: Joggins Fossil Cliffs extend along 14.7 km of low sea cliffs, bluffs, rock platforms and beach, where a remarkable assemblage of fossils from the Carboniferous (‘coal age’) period (354 to 290 million years ago) has been discovered. The fossils include the remains and tracks of very early animals and the environments in which they lived around an estuarine bay, with floodplain rainforest, alluvial plains and freshwater pools.
Conservation Status and Prospects. According to IUCN’s recent Conservation Outlook Assessment the conservation status of this site is ‘good’. The IUCN report notes that ‘Joggins Fossil Cliffs is a model of high quality performance within the World Heritage Convention, protecting geological values of global significance whilst providing benefits to local people. The site is robust, in good and stable condition and effectively managed. Threats are low, and there is highly effective and creative management that has build and maintains community support for the conservation and presentation of this site. Provided adequate resources are maintained to assure the capacity for effective site management, the future conservation prospects of this site are highly positive.’
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IUCN Conservation Outlook
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