In 2013, UNESCO accepted Australia's nomination of 140,00 hectares of forests as an extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This decision recognised the outstanding universal values of Tasmania's ancient forests. Less than one year later, the Abbott government has applied to the World Heritage Committee to have half of this extension de-listed from World Heritage protection.
In May 2014, the Bob Brown Foundation hosted a meeting at Hobart Town Hall in support of continued World Heritage protection for Tasmania's precious forests.
Wendy Harmer was the MC, with guest speakers; Richard Denniss, the Executive Director of The Australia Institute; Tasmanian Greens Leader Kim Booth; and Anne McConnell from the Tasmanian National Parks Association.
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