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Tasmania’s World Heritage forest safe from logging after United Nations recommendation

Plans to allow for commercial logging in Tasmania’s World Heritage listed forest in Australia have been abandoned.

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania. Image by Darren Foreman / CC BY 2.0

The United Nations recommended against allowing any logging, mineral exploration and extraction inside the World Heritage property. The Tasmanian government expressed disappointment with the decision and said they will comply with the UN’s recommendations but will continue to pursue tourism development opportunities. The UN report stated that “tourism and recreation are longstanding, important and widely accepted uses” for World Heritage sites. The government has considered opening up to cruise ships berthing on Lake Gordon, Macquarie Harbour and Port Davey and allowing landing sites for planes and helicopters in areas including Cradle Mountain and the Walls of Jerusalem National Parks to increase accessibility for more visitors.

Read more: theguardian.com