State of Conservation (SOC)
Tasmanian Wilderness (1995)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
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Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
- Potential construction of a dam (issue resolved)
- Commercial logging in areas adjacent to the World Heritage property.
Current conservation issues
The Bureau at its nineteenth session recalled that this mixed site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982 and that the Bureau at its eighteenth session in July 1994, discussed reports received on logging operations in areas adjacent to the World Heritage area. The IUCN Representative gave an update on the situation and recalled two concerns which were raised: that there is forested land outside the site which may have World Heritage values, and logging and roading activities adjacent to the site could have an adverse impact on the existing World Heritage site. IUCN noted that both the 1990 and 1994 General Assemblies of IUCN had urged Australia to evaluate the World Heritage values of these areas and that recent concerns about the negative impact of forestry operations had been expressed by the Australian and New Zealand Committees for IUCN and the Wilderness Society (Tasmania).
The Director-General of IUCN wrote to the Australian Government in March 1995 seeking advice on this issue. A detailed reply was received from Senator Faulkner, Australian Minister for the Environment, dated 28 June 1995, stating the commitment of the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to protecting World Heritage values and to undertake a comprehensive assessment of the Tasmanian forests.
The Bureau noted concerns which have been expressed about logging and road construction in forest areas which may impinge on World Heritage values, and resolved to thank the Australian Minister for the Environment for his encouraging response. In particular the Bureau noted: (1) the commitment of both the Australian and Tasmanian Governments to negotiate a Regional Forest Agreement which would involve a comprehensive assessment of a wide range of values, including World Heritage values, for forested areas in Tasmania; (2) that, in the meantime, the two governments have agreed to avoid activities that may significantly affect those areas of the old-growth forest or wilderness that are likely-to have high conservation value; (3) that pending completion of a Regional Forest Assessment, the two governments have agreed to jointly undertake an assessment of those forest areas where commercial logging will be deferred, to allow among other things, an assessment of World Heritage values. The Bureau insisted that the integrity of the site be respected.
Furthermore, the authorities have provided information that negociations to alleviate possible impacts are still underway and a report may be available in time for the nineteenth session of the World Heritage Committee.
Analysis and Conclusion
The Bureau may wish to take note of the action by the State Party to strengthen the protection of the site and may wish to make recommendations to the Committee depending upon the content of the full report, yet to be received.
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VII.11 Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia)
The Committee recalled that this mixed site was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1982 and that the Bureau at its eighteenth session in July 1994, discussed reports received on logging operations in areas adjacent to the World Heritage area. It furthermore recalled that two concerns were raised: (a) that there is forested land outside the site which may have World Heritage values, and (b) that logging and roading activities adjacent to the site could have an adverse impact on the existing World Heritage site.
The Committee noted that the national authorities have provided information to the effect that negotiations to alleviate possible impacts are still underway.
The Committee took note of the action by the State Party to strengthen the protection of the site and that negotiations were still underway, and requested the Centre to contact the state Party to obtain a report on the situation as soon as possible.
The Bureau recommends the Committee to take note of the written information provided by the Secretariat and to adopt the following:
"The Committee, taking note of the action by the States Party to strengthen the protection of the site and that negotiations are still underway, requested the Centre to contact the States Party to obtain a report on the situation as soon as possible."
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The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).