Defend Tasmania's World Heritage Areas

27 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm | Christine Milne

Where: Florentine Forest, Gordon River Road. Upper Florentine Valley. Tasmania

From Maydena drive along Gordon River Road, heading towards Lake Pedder. On the right, 3.3km from the Thumbs Lookout will be a turnoff into the famous forests of the Upper Flroentioned. 

Keep an eye out for signs and traffic guides.

The Abbott government has written to the World Heritage Committee requesting a reversal of recent additions of high conservation value forests to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA), opening up the possibility of logging. 

This would allow the logging of the forests within the minor boundary modifications to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) first put forward in 1989, and accepted by UNESCO in 2013. This would result in the TWWHA being listed as 'in danger' by UNESCO. Furthermore Tony Abbott stated he would not support the aspects of the Tasmanian Forest Agreement that result in forest protection, specifically that the Coalition 'will not support any further lock-ups.

Join us on April 27  to say #IStand4TasForests in one of the many forest areas at threat.

If you cannot make it to the Florentine Valley on the day you can still be part of the action.

Take a selfie with a sign saying #IStand4TasForests and post it to your Facebook and , and Twitter feed. 

What to Bring:

The weather can be erratic in the Upper Florentine Valley, bring warm clothing, sturdy boots, rain jacket and enough water and food to last you the afternoon. Remember your camera to record the moment, and to be part of the #IStand4TasForests online action.

Make sure your car has enough fuel to make the return trip when you leave the nearest town of Maydena enroute to the Upper Florentine Valley.

World Commission on Protected Areas and IUCN write to Prime Minister Abbott.

Well over one hundred members of the The World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have written to Prime Minister Abbott, expressing their'concern about policy reversals and regressive legislative and management changes affecting conservation and protected areas at both state and federal level in the past two years in Australia. This retreat from many years of leadership and achievement by governments of all political persuasions is both unfortunate and unprecedented.'On April 27 we will show that Mr Abbott that we will stand up agains his idealogical assault on the environment.

You can download a poster for the event below, and like us on Facebook to help share the event, and the campaign to protect Tasmania's high conservation value forests.