Tasmanian forests: Coalition rebuffed over proposal to cut world heritage area | World news | theguardian.com

The International Union for Conservation of Nature has recommended against removing vast swathes of Tasmanian forest from world heritage protection, in an embarrassing setback for the Australian government.

The IUCN, the world’s largest conservation organisation, said overnight in Paris there was no ecological justification for the removal of 74,000 hectares of Tasmanian forest from the world heritage zone.

The IUCN’s report said the proposed removal was “clearly inappropriate for consideration as a minor boundary modification”. It would “impact negatively on the outstanding universal value of the property” and “reduce integrity of key natural attributes”.

via Tasmanian forests: Coalition rebuffed over proposal to cut world heritage area | World news | theguardian.com.

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