Year of inscription on the World Heritage List
Tasmanian Wilderness: 1982
Tasmanian Wilderness: (iii)(iv)(vi)(vii)(viii)(ix)(x)
Previous Committee Decisions:
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Year(s) of inscription on the List of World Heritage in Danger
Desired state of conservation for the removal of the property from the List of World Heritage in Danger
Corrective measures identified
Requests Approved: 0
Total Amount Approved: 0USD
UNESCO Extra-budgetary Funds
Previous monitoring missions
Factors affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
Twenty-second session of the Committee: Chapter VII.30 and page 101 of Annex IV
Twenty-third session of the Bureau– Chapter IV.48
New information: The twenty-third ordinary session of the Bureau, in July 1999, requested the Australian Government to inform the Centre of (i) any potential boundary extensions that may be foreseen together with a timetable for the implementation of the Regional Forestry Agreement (RFA); (ii) its assessment of the implications of the RFA on other areas identified as having World Heritage value and (iii) the potential impacts on forest catchments in the World Heritage site of other areas which may be logged under the RFA.
The Minister for Environment and Heritage in Australia in a letter dated 14 September 1999 transmitted the response of the Australian Government to the Bureau's request to the Centre. The Centre has provided a copy of the Minister's letter to IUCN and the Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) as had been requested by the twenty-third session of the Bureau. The letter indicates that the Australian Government's priority is in enhancing the management regime for the existing World Heritage property and ensuring that all World Heritage values are protected. Boundary extensions are not being actively considered at this stage. In his letter the Minister notes the concerns expressed by IUCN relating to logging activities and provides assurances that he will take the necessary steps to protect World Heritage values if he was to consider they were being damaged. The Australian Government considers that the issues associated with World Heritage were adequately addressed by the RFA and that it provides for the ecologically sustainable management of forests in Tasmania.
The Minister's letter provides information on the recently completed 1999 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan developed by the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service. The Management Plan has been ratified by both the Tasmanian and Commonwealth Governments and presents a framework that includes the fostering of management practices in lands adjacent to the World Heritage Area to adequately protect the values of the property. The Minister has also informed the Centre that a new Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999, which will come into effect no later than July 2000.
IUCN has informed the Centre that the Australian Committee of IUCN (ACIUCN) proposes to complete an assessment of the conservation status for the Tasmanian Wilderness within the next year. IUCN notes and commends the recently completed 1999 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan, and recommends that its effectiveness be regularly monitored over time.
IUCN notes and supports, in principle, the 1997 Tasmanian Regional Forestry Agreement (RFA) process as it represents a significant step towards a comprehensive, adequate and representative reserve system, as well as potentially providing the basis for the ecologically sustainable management of forests in Tasmania. IUCN also notes that the RFA consolidates relationships between state and federal governments on matters affecting the World Heritage site relating to policy, management and funding.
IUCN considers it is important that options for any future extension of the World Heritage property should not be foreclosed. IUCN thus considers that areas of the dedicated RFA reserve system which have been previously identified as having World Heritage value should be managed in a manner consistent with potential World Heritage status.
Decision Adopted: 23COM X.B.29
X.29 Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia)
The Committee recalled the reports from the twenty-third ordinary and the twenty-third extraordinary session of the Bureau on the state of conservation of this property and adopted the following decision:
"The Committee requested the Australian Committee for IUCN (ACIUCN) to complete its review process on the state of conservation of the Tasmanian Wilderness with the aim of submitting an up-to-date report to the twenty-fourth session of the Bureau in 2000. ACIUCN's review should include reference to any continuing concerns, such as those noted at the twentythird ordinary session of the Bureau, and suggestions relating to any future extension of the World Heritage property and the management of areas of the dedicated Regional Forest Agreement (RFA) reserve system which have been previously identified as having World Heritage value.
The Committee commended the State Party for the recent completion of the 1999 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan, and recommended that its effectiveness be regularly monitored over time."