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UNESCO calls for changes to Tasmania’s draft World Heritage Management Plan to prohibit logging and mining

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In the ABC News yesterday:

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-30/unesco-calls-for-world-heritage-area-draft-plan-changes/6508506?section=tas

So the UNESCO World Heritage Committee is now questioning the policies of the Tasmanian State Government.

In Paris overnight, UNESCO’s WHC urged the draft plan be changed. An initial review cited concerns that the plan appeared to create potential for logging operations and mining activity in the World Heritage Area.

An article by Vica Bayley on Tasmanian Times provides more details:

http://tasmaniantimes.com/index.php?/weblog/article/unesco-drafts-a-damning-rejection-of-world-heritage-management/

The draft decision of the World Heritage Committee, for consideration at its [forthcoming] June meeting, represents a damning rejection of the Tasmanian Government’s proposed management of Tasmania’s World Heritage Area.

The draft decision identifies ……. prohibiting logging and mining via upgraded conservation tenure as key actions that need to be taken.

Informed by expert reports from the Committee’s advisory bodies, the draft decision …. urges … that commercial logging and mining are not permitted within the entire [WHA] property, and that all areas of public lands within the property’s boundaries… have a status that ensures adequate protection (p. 56).

The draft Committee decision can be found at:

http://whc.unesco.org/archive/2015/whc15-39com-7BAdd-en.pdf. (1.8MB pdf file).

Pages 54 and 56 of the document are the most relevant.

It appears that Tasmania’s special timbers industry is fast running out of options, at least in terms of access to a taxpayer subsidised public forest resource. The World Heritage Committee will not accept special timbers logging within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

Here are some of my previous stories about the Draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan:

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2015/02/10/draft-twwha-management-plan-representation/

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2015/03/25/tourism-council-sees-the-light/

Curiously the ABC news article says that the Tasmanian tourism Industry supports the draft Plan, when in fact the Tourism Council’s own submission is extremely qualified in its support, with strong opposition to the logging and mining proposals in the Plan.

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2015/03/09/deloraine-stringfest-world-heritage-area-logging/

So when will Tasmania get a fully commercial, profitable forest industry?

Deloraine Stringfest & World Heritage Area logging

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This was going to happen sooner or later. But the Deloraine Stringfest is now becoming associated with Tasmanian State Government forest policy and the logging of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). This is courtesy of the Premier Will Hodgman and his press release associated with the recent launch of the 2015 Stringfest.

http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/stringfest_showcases_tasmanian_timbers

We want to ensure craftsmen like Daniel can continue to create instruments from Tasmanian timbers, which is why we are committed to rebuilding the forest industry.

As many people know, State forest policy now includes the planned logging of special timbers including Tasmanian tonewoods from the TWWHA. See my recent blog:

https://blackwoodgrowers.com.au/2015/02/10/draft-twwha-management-plan-representation/

and

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-01-15/world-heritage-areas-to-be-opened-up-to-tourism-projects-under-/6018508

Daniel Brauchli certainly doesn’t support current Government forest policy, but the Premier seems happy to risk damaging the reputations of our craftpersons and artists.

The proposed logging of the TWWHA will become yet another divisive and destructive episode in the long running Tasmanian forestry wars.

Last year at Stringfest 2014 the elephant in the room was the ongoing supply of tonewoods to sustain the festival. That elephant was a mere calf.

This year the elephant has grown considerably into a cow elephant. The prospect of the Festival becoming associated with the logging of tonewoods from the TWWHA will see the elephant become a rampaging bull. It will destroy the Festival.

The Deloraine Stringfest depends on attracting major performing artists. Once the Festival becomes associated with TWWHA tonewoods, no major (and many minor) artists will want to be associated with the Festival.

End of Festival!

By all means please come along and enjoy the 2015 Deloraine Festival, but spot the elephant hiding in the room, or wandering the streets of Deloraine with deliberate intent.

It may even be hiding behind me. Come and look!

The Deloraine Stringfest is a fantastic festival, but given the highly politicised and conflict-driven nature of forestry in Tasmania, the future of Stringfest hangs in the balance.

Stringfest has now become a political weapon. The reputations of those associated with the Festival are now at risk.

Say “No” to World Heritage tonewoods!

[Come along and talk to me about conflict-free, farm-grown Tasmanian blackwood.]