Jenny Weber, World Heritage Campaign Manager for the Bob Brown Foundation, has arrived in Doha, Qatar for the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee. Ms Weber has joined a team of experts including Alec Marr, Lincoln Siliakus, Peter Hitchcock and Phill Pullinger.
Jenny Weber has led a campaign to build community awareness and opposition, in Australia and globally, to the proposed removal of 74,000 hectares of tall eucalyptus forests from Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.
This campaign has included a rally in the Upper Florentine World Heritage forests attended by 2000 people, more than 60 high-profile Australian and international figures joining Global Voices for World Heritage, including Essie Davis, Geoffrey Rush, David Wenham, Jane Goodall and Archie Roach, and 6000 people who have signed letters asking the World Heritage Committee to vote down the application to remove these forests.
The proposal by the Australian Government to strip World Heritage listing, just twelve months after the area was added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, will be considered under Agenda item 8 (2) (b).
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Skype contact: jennyweberhuon
Phone contact while in Qatar: 0011 +974 3318 4114
Media contact in Australia: Steven Chaffer 0408 855 261
Note: Doha is 7 hours behind AEST.