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A high-level international report on the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area has recognised the State's sound stewardship of one of the world's unique wilderness areas.

The Minister for the Environment, Parks, Heritage and the Arts, Michelle O'Byrne, said the Tasmanian Government welcomed the recommendations of the report by the World Heritage Committee monitoring mission that visited Tasmania in March 2008.

Ms O'Byrne said the mission's report had recognised the Tasmanian Government's high standard of management and protection of the
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and areas adjacent to the property.

She said the Tasmanian Government had also noted the final decision adopted by the WHC at its meeting in Quebec City on the TWWHA.

"Both the Tasmanian and Australian Governments have consistently said that the right balance has been struck between conservation and the productive use of Tasmania's forests through the Tasmanian Regional Forest Agreement.

"It is pleasing to note the Australian Government's assurance, in their response to the World Heritage Committee's decision that they intend to maintain this position.

"The Tasmanian Government will only be able to give a fully considered response to the WHC's decision following further negotiations with the Australian Government about any funding implications arising from the Quebec City decision."

Ms O'Byrne also said that redressing the progressive withdrawal of funding for Tasmania's World Heritage Area under the previous Australian Government should be part of these negotiations.

The WHC mission visited Tasmania from the 17-21 March this year.

It was the first time the WHC had sent a mission to Tasmania.