The world heritage Florentine forest in Tasmania. A plan to log wilderness areas has been dropped after the UN recommended against it. Photograph: Rob Blakers/AAP
Plans to allow logging inside Tasmanian world heritage forests have been abandoned after a United Nations report recommended against it.
The UN also expressed concern about plans for expanded tourism in the area and called for a master plan that would detail what sorts of tourism would and wouldn’t be allowed.
The recommendations were immediately accepted by the state and federal governments, although the Tasmanian state forestry minister said it was “very disappointing” that logging would not occur.
Coalition governments at the state and federal levels have been trying to expand logging in and around the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which covers about a fifth of the state.