World Heritage Bodies Slam Australian Bid to Remove Forests

The Bob Brown Foundation welcomes the draft decision by World Heritage expert bodies that its Committee reject the Australian Government’s proposal to remove 74,000 hectares of globally significant forests from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

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“The proposal to remove the vast regions of intact forests from the World Heritage Area is completely contrary to Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the World Heritage Convention. The best possible way forward for the Government is to immediately withdraw the application to the World Heritage Committee in Qatar in June,” Jenny Weber said.

“The Australian Government cannot be trusted to do the right thing for the globally significant World Heritage Area in Tasmania. The Bob Brown Foundation fears that despite recommendations by the most credible international experts on cultural and natural values, the Australian Government will continue to pursue this deeply unpopular proposal,” Jenny Weber said.

"It is vital that the community continues to build a campaign of opposition to the Australian Government’s proposal and to support UNESCO in one of the most important environmental campaigns in Australia's history."

“The tall eucalyptus forests from the far south of Tasmania through the Picton, Weld and Upper Florentine Valleys to the Great Western Tiers are not safe until the final decision by the World Heritage Committee in June."

The preliminary decision released this morning is based on the expert advice of the International Union of Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). The final decision will be made by the 21 member countries at the 38th session of the World Heritage Committee in Qatar between 15 and 25 June.

 

Jenny Weber

World Heritage Campaign Manager 

The Bob Brown Foundation

0427 366 929


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  • commented 2014-05-17 16:33:59 +1000
    If our Federal Government continues to attack World Heritage land, this is good reason to overturn the Abbott Government as soon as possible!
  • commented 2014-05-17 13:56:53 +1000
    this is a step in the right direction and great news for the Australian people and its precious and fragile forestry.. we need to stay strong and resilient and if the government feels the need to pursue this outrageous attack on world heritage land, then the Australian people need to banned together and remove them from power