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Decision : 31 COM 7B.43
Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia)

The World Heritage Committee,

1.       Having examined Document WHC-07/31.COM/7B,

2.       Recalling Decision 30 COM 7B.32, adopted at its 30th session (Vilnius, 2006),

3.       Notes with concern the issues raised by NGOs in relation to the impacts of logging adjacent to the World Heritage property and the commencement of the North Weld Road which compromises options for future extensions to the World Heritage property;

4.       Urges the State Party to consider the extension of the World Heritage property to include critical old-growth forests to the east and north of the property, or at least to manage these forests in a manner which is consistent with a potential World Heritage value;

5.       Expresses its concern about the risk from fire related to forest regeneration and natural events, and its possible adverse impact on the World Heritage property, and requests the State Party to prepare a Risk Management Plan and to consider distancing the logging operations from the boundary of the property;

6.       Taking into account the clarification provided orally by the State Party at the 31st session, also requests the State Party to invite a joint World Heritage Centre/IUCN/ICOMOS mission to assess the state of conservation of the property,  focusing on:

a)      appropriate management of areas of heritage value which are currently outside the property,

b)      an assessment of the degree of risk related to regeneration fires in areas adjacent to the World Heritage property as well as of the effectiveness of the fire management system in place,

c)      impacts of proposed forestry operations (including the construction of new roads) on the outstanding universal value of the property,

7. Requests the State Party to provide the World Heritage Centre with an updated report by 1 February 2008 on the state of conservation of the property and the above mentioned issues for examination by the Committee at its 32nd session in 2008.

 Decisions Report
Context of Decision
Themes: Conservation
States Parties: Australia
Properties: Tasmanian Wilderness
Year: 2007
Decision Code: 31 COM 7B.43