The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA) was established to protect, conserve, present and pass on to future generations one of the world's outstanding wilderness areas. To ensure effective management of this region, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service has produced a range of documents and plans.
This page is designed to be a source of the main management documents for the WHA and will be updated as new documents become available.
World Heritage Area Management Plan
The main document that guides management of the area is the World Heritage Area management plan.
First published in 1992, the second and current plan is the 1999 Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan. This plan is available free as a PDF (see below). It is also available in printed form at major Tasmanian libraries or may be purchased for $22 (plus postage) from Service Tasmania.
The plan can be downloaded in two forms:
- 1. A full version including all maps and colour photos (approximately 5MB). This is a large file and can take a number of hours to download on slower computers. Download 5Mb
- 2. The full text of the plan and colour photos but without the maps (1.2MB). Significantly quicker download, but no maps. Download 1.2MB
The plan is in Adobe Acrobat format. Acrobat is available across all major computing platforms. If you don't have a copy it is available for free from Adobe computing.
A summary of the plan is also available in HTML format.
Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Management Plan 1999 Limited Review
The 1999 Management Plan is currently undergoing a limited mid-term review
. Once the review is complete the revised plan will be available from this page.
State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report 2004
The first State of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area Report was released in September 2004. This ground-breaking report marks a significant step in making management of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area more open, informed, and accountable.
The focus of this evaluation is on management effectiveness over the decade since the first statutory management plan for the TWWHA was approved in 1992. This evaluation establishes the methodology for evaluating management effectiveness for the TWWHA, allows the progress in management to date to be examined, and provides a sound reference set of data against which management effectiveness under the 1999 and subsequent management plans can be evaluated in future.
The full report and a summary report are available online from the Publications section of this web site.
Subsidiary Plans - Completed
See the publications page for subsidiary plans that relate to the World Heritage Area (e.g. site plans, development proposals etc). All subsidiary plans that relate to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area are marked with an asterisk after the title.