World Heritage Places - Tasmanian Wilderness - Resources
2014 Proposal for a minor boundary modification
Following a review of the 2013 extension to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area the Australian Government is seeking a minor boundary modification that will remove areas from the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area that the Government considers detract from the overall Outstanding Universal Value of the property and diminish its overall integrity.
This will reduce the property area by 4.7 per cent and result in the removal of a number of pine and exotic eucalypt plantations as well as areas that have been logged. Importantly, National Parks will be retained within the world heritage area, including high value tall forests and giant trees in the Weld-Snowy Range, Huon Picton, the Great Western Tiers and the Styx-Tyenna regions. Sixty-five registered ‘Giant Trees’ remain within the proposed new boundary.
Based on the best available information the Government is requesting the removal of areas containing 117 patches of disturbed and previously logged forest from the area added to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013. Over 98,000 hectares, or 57 per cent, of the 2013 boundary modification are proposed to be retained in the World Heritage Area.
The request for a minor boundary modification was submitted in time to allow its consideration by the World Heritage Committee at its 38th session in Doha, Qatar in June 2014.
The current boundary remains in place and continues to be protected under national environment law until a new boundary is agreed to by the World Heritage Committee.
- Covering letter from Minister Hunt (PDF - 185.93 KB)
- Proposal for a minor modification to the boundary of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (PDF - 272.21 KB)
- Map 1: Existing and proposed boundary (PDF - 1.92 MB)
- Map 2: Proposed boundary (PDF - 2.35 MB)
- Map 3: Proposed boundary with retained area (PDF - 2.44 MB)
- Map 4: Proposed boundary relative to 2013 boundary (PDF - 2.53 MB)
- Letter to the WHC from Minister Hunt (PDF - 380.19 KB)
2013 Boundary extension
A series of maps showing the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and the extensions to the area are available for download.
- Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area boundary map (PDF - 3.21 MB)
- Boundary map showing 2010, 2012 and 2013 extensions (PDF - 3.49 MB)
- 15 detailed maps showing the 2013 boundary extension (PDF - 45.12 MB)
The information below was used by the World Heritage Committee and its members to make its decision to extend the boundary in June 2013.
- Dossier for the proposed boundary extension (PDF - 7.24 MB)
- Supplementary information (PDF - 3.89 MB)
- Map 1: Tasmanian Wilderness - Existing and Revised Boundary (PDF - 3.58 MB)
- Map 2: Tasmanian Wilderness - Revised Boundary (PDF - 3.67 MB)
- Map A: Tasmanian Wilderness - Formal Reserves within the Revised Boundary (PDF - 3.62 MB)
- Map B: Giant Trees (PDF - 2.09 MB)
- Map C: Tall Eucalypt Forests within WHA and Proposed Addition (PDF - 3.57 MB)
- Map D: Tall Eucalypt Forests - connection and context across the WHA and Proposed Addition (PDF - 5.21 MB)
Official listing information
Visit the UNESCO web site for official listing information on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area:
State of Conservation Reporting
From time to time, the World Heritage Committee requests specific reports on the state of conservation of properties included on the World Heritage List. Australia will next provide an update on the state of conservation of the property by 1 February 2015.
Previous state of conservation reports for this property
- Australia's state of conservation report on the Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia) made in 2012
- Australia’s state of conservation report on the Tasmanian Wilderness (Australia) made in 2010
Spatial data as an ESRI shapefile format representing the area extent of all of Australia’s World Heritage Areas - with the metadata title "Australia, World Heritage Areas" is held by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities and is available to the public via download: