World Heritage on the watch list
More than 18,000 people added their names to the Wilderness Society’s letter to the Chair of the World Heritage Centre.
The letter set out what the Tasmanian government is really up to in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and highlighted the government’s broken World Heritage promises. Main image top: Kooparoona Niara / Great Western Tiers by Rob Blakers.
With your backing we have been able to demonstrate the vast public support to making sure these special places are properly protected.
The letter created several powerful opportunities to highlight the need for stronger Tasmanian wilderness protection on the global stage. As a result of the letter, we had the opportunity on 23 February to present the case for strong stewardship in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to members from the World Heritage Centre and the two advisory bodies of the centre, the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature), and ICOMOS (International Council on Monuments and Sites).
In 1982, it was community support that helped create the Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area. In 1989, community engagement saw welcome expansion to Tasmania’s World Heritage area. In 2022, it will be community support that continues to ensure strong stewardship of this irreplaceable global treasure.