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Australia’s Bid to Delist UN Protected Forest Rejected

June 30, 2014

The Untied Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation World Heritage Committee has rejected a bid by the Australian government to delist 74,000 hectares of protected old-growth forest in the state of Tasmania. The area was a portion of 170,000 hectares of forest added to the World Heritage Area (WHA) last year by the former Labor government on a state and federal level. The listing was a part of a peace deal between logging companies, unions, the government, and environmental activists who have long been active in blockading logging sites. After being elected last year Prime Minister Tony Abbott and his conservative government announced plans to open up some of Tasmania’s forests to logging companies.