UNESCO snub prompts Tasmanian World Heritage Area plan rejig; Emilie Gramenz; ABC.net

Australia – Tasmanian Wilderness

The Tasmanian Government has begun an assessment of the cultural values of the state’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), as it prepares a response to criticism from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) over its management plans.

Last year, UNESCO’s 21-member World Heritage Committeerejected Tasmania Government’s plans to change the way the TWWHA is managed, including rezoning some areas for tourism and allowing the logging of specialty timbers.

The Government has since abandoned logging proposals for the area.

UNESCO also recommended the area’s cultural value, particularly to the Aboriginal community, be properly defined.

The Government, on its website, states the area – which spans across about 1.6 million hectares – is home to:

“Hundreds of archaeological sites, including many cave sites dating from the late Pleistocene and early Holocene epochs.

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