Place: Kakadu National Park
- Aborigines, Conservation (Natural resources), Environment, Mining and Uranium
Kakadu was declared a National Park in 1979. Located within the Alligator Rivers Region of the Northern Territory of Australia, Kakadu National Park covers close to 20 000 square kilometres, extending nearly 200 kilometres from north to south and over 100 kilometres from east to west.
The Ranger Uranium Mine, one of the world's most productive uranium mines, is situated within the geographic boundaries of Kakadu National Park, however the land it occupies is not part of the park.
Kakadu has been inhabited continuously by its Aboriginal traditional owners - Bininj/Mungguy people - for more than fifty thousand years. The region's cave paintings, rock carvings and archaeological sites record this history of habitation.
Kakadu encompasses a unique mosaic of ecosystems, including tidal flats, floodplains, lowlands and plateaus, which provide habitat for a wide range of rare or endemic plants and animals.
Recognising its international significance, the park and its natural and cultural heritage have been registered on, or are subject to, numerous international agreements and conventions. It was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in three stages - 1981 (Stage 1), 1987 (Stages 1 and 2) and 1992 (Stages 1, 2 and 3).