Members of the Wilderness Society are celebrating UNESCO’s rejection of the Coalition’s bid for world heritage delisting.
Just over a fortnight ago, Melbourne played host to a forum to help save the Tasmanian rainforests under threat, and played a huge part in retaining it’s world heritage status.
Over 74,000 hectares of forest were proposed for heritage delisting by the Abbott government in an effort to increase logging in Tasmania.
A forum was held at Deakin Edge on June 10 by the Wilderness Society in order to demonstrate the public support to save the threatened rainforests.
A meeting by UNESCO members was held in Doha during the week to discuss heritage listings of world landmarks. The issue of Tasmania’s forests was put to the panel on Wednesday.
After hearing the facts and appeals from Wilderness Society members, the panel made an unanimous decision to reject the Abbott governments proposal. A statement released after the decision by a UNESCO ambassador made it clear the organisation stood by their decision two years ago to list the forest as world heritage.
Campaign leader Kathleen Angus told The Newsroom The Wilderness Society welcomed the victory. “We are thrilled with this result and hope it sends the message that Australia will not stand for having our heritage threatened. Melbourne played a role in this decision by showing their disapproval towards the proposal and to that we are thankful.” – Daniel Stringer
Top photo of members of the Wilderness Society attending the summit in Doha taken from the Wilderness Society website.