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Steven Chaffer
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H.E. Sheika Al Mayassa Bint Hamad Al-Thani
Chairperson of the World Heritage Committtee
c/o UNESCO World Heritage Centre
7, Place de Fontenoy
75352 Paris 07 SP

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  • Steven Chaffer
    signed 2014-05-10 09:48:03 +1000
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    signed 2014-05-09 17:29:43 +1000
    Your excellency

    I am writing to you as Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee to bring to your attention my deep distress and alarm at the attempt by the Australian Government to remove 74,000 from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage site on spurious grounds.

    I am sure you would be aware that the World Heritage Committee inscribed an additional 172,050 hectares onto the World Heritage list at its 37th session in Phom Phenn in June 2013.

    The decision by the World Heritage Committee at it’s 37th session resolved many long standing threats to the Tasmanian World Heritage site. The decision by the then Australian Government to nominate these areas was only possible because of the strong role played by the World Heritage Committee and it advisory bodies over the previous 25 years. The integrity and persistence of the Committee and its advisory bodies has been exemplary. The decision also resolved longstanding domestic conflict over the damage being done to these magnificent forests treasured by the vast majority of Australians.

    There is no doubt that the areas the Australian Government want to remove from the World Heritage site have Outstanding Universal Value.

    There is also no doubt that removal of the areas from the TWWHA would not absolve the Australian Government or the WH Committee of their obligations under the WH Convention to protect these areas.

    The proposal by the Australian Government is politically motivated and is completely contrary to Australia’s obligations as a signatory to the World Heritage Convention.

    I urge the WH Committee and you as Chair to continue to uphold the values and principles of the World Heritage Convention and to ensure that a strong message is sent to the Australian Government that it will not allow its processes to be politicized.

    I would be grateful if you could draw my concerns (and the concerns of many other Australians) to the attention of the WH Committee.

    Your respectfully