Tasmanian World Heritage site remains protected

This BBC article begins

The Australian and Tasmanian authorities are abandoning their bid to have logging permitted in the Tasmanian Wilderness, a World Heritage site.

The decision comes after a report by the UN cultural agency Unesco said the area “should be off-limits to commercial logging in its entirety”.

The Tasmanian Wilderness covers about a fifth of the island and is one of the world’s last big temperate forests.

Conservation groups have welcomed the Unesco report and the logging decision.


Tasmanian devils are among the animal species living in the Wilderness.


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