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Unesco Rejects Australia?s Bid To Shrink Tasmanian World Heritage Site | Science/aaas | News

If this committee cares for conservation we cannot accept this requested delisting. Australias Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, said he was disappointed by the decision. Australias environment minister, Greg Hunt, said: Australia accepts and will consider the decision of the World Heritage Committee. The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area was expanded in check it out 2013 under Australias previous Labor government. The Abbott government, however, asked to delist part of the site as part of a minor boundary modification, arguing that the area was degraded, logged, or part of a plantation. As a result, these areas detract from the Outstanding Universal Value of the Max Workouts property and its overall integrity, the governments request argued. The claims were widely condemned by the environmental community, as well as by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. So the critics were pleased by the UNESCO committees verdict. ''Absolutely more? info? thrilled," said Senator Christine Milne, leader of Australias Greens party, in an interview with Fairfax Media. But the Tasmanian forest isnt, well, out the woods yet, cautions forest scientist David Bowman of the University of Tasmania, Hobart. Thorny problems lie ahead, he says, including securing sufficient funding for management of the site and figuring out how to prepare for climate change impacts, such as fire, pests, and disease. World Heritage protection does not guarantee the forests are locked up from all forms of development, noted University of Melbourne researchers Tom Fairman and Rod Keenan in an article written for The Conversation, a news website .

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