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Keep Tasmania’s Old Growth & High Conservation Value Forests on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Keep Tasmania’s Old Growth & High Conservation Value Forests on the UNESCO World Heritage List – By Abby Gee

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The Federal Government has begun talks with UNESCO to reduce Tasmania’s World Heritage Listing of 170,000 Hectares of old growth forests and high conservation value forests. If this occurs, this will be only the second time a developed country (the other being Germany) has deliberately removed a property or part of a property from the World Heritage List.

Please sign and urge both the World Heritage Committee and the Federal Government to leave the protected area in tact without boundary reductions.

Notably, even the Tasmanian forestry industry association doesn’t want changes to the current world heritage listing boundary.

Governmental intervention to delist the state’s contentious old growth and high conservation value forests would threaten the fragile peace deal’s existence, the chief executive of the Forest Industries Association of Tasmania, Terry Edwards, said.

”If they’re trying to read the tea leaves and believe this is where the strength is in the (Coalition) campaign, they might need to re-assess.”

”This agreement is now starting to deliver on its promise, and it needs to be given the opportunity to do that.”

World heritage sites such as these Tasmanian forests are places that are important to and belong to everyone (not corporations), irrespective of where they are located. They have universal value that transcends the value they hold for a particular nation. No matter your political views, these forests must protected and defended vigorously.

JMO

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