Image for Tasmania’s World Heritage debate needs to look beyond the trees

*Pic: Rob Blakers’ pic of Florentine Valley World Heritage proposed for delisting by State and Federal Liberal governments ...

The debate around Tasmania’s controversial World Heritage extension, under review this week at international talks in Doha, has centred on forests. But the area includes far more than “just” trees — including unique geology and landforms and indigenous culture.

There is nothing to suggest these values have been recognised in the current political squabbling over forests, but the results will determine the future of these important places.

Tasmania’s World Heritage area was extended by the previous federal and state Labor governments by 172,000 hectares, partly to satisfy environmental groups as part of the Tasmanian forest peace deal.

The current state and federal governments are seeking to delist 74,000 hectares of the extension, on grounds that the area includes degraded forests, and to open the forests for harvesting.

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• Pete Godfrey, in Comments: Thanks Kevin, there has been a lot damage done to the karst system in the Mole Creek area too. Especially from stupid expansion of plantations. Plantations were put in on karst affected land, above sinkholes and in my opinion actually caused some sink holes to collapse. This was visible twice in the Lobster Rivulet that runs through Caveside and Chudleigh. I tried to get the Forest Practices Authority interested and to get them to do something, alas they just looked and couldn’t understand the problem. According to them they could see no overland flows so there was no cause for alarm. I am glad that you are bring the geo heritage issues to the fore.