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Wilderness, remoteness and high conservation value forests

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Smith, PE, Wilderness, remoteness and high conservation value forests, TNPA News, Tasmanian National Parks Association Inc, GPO Box 2188, Hobart, Tasmania, 7001, 15, pp. 11-14. (2012) [Magazine Article]


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Abstract

On 31 October 2011, TNPA wrote to Professor Jonathan West to point out that the environmentalists (ENGOs) involved in the Forest Principles Process (which led to the 2011 Inter‐Governmental Agreement, or IGA) appear to have overlooked a crucial conservation value in their description of ‘high conservation value forests’ (HCVF). The conservation value (CV) at issue here is the potential of an area to contribute remoteness to adjacent areas. This potential is a CV because the wild character of land is a CV and an area of natural land does not really have this character unless it is significantly remote. In their efforts to convince the general public that nature should be protected, environmentalists avoid this somewhat abstract concept in order to focus on the things that anyone can easily be impressed with ‐ those things that, with little effort, they can see or hear. So the emphasis is on saving rare and endangered plants and animals, spectacularly old or big trees and forests, and beautiful natural scenery, including rivers. The strong public status of science is invoked to support this approach, by environmentalists noting the significance of certain natural things for biology, pharmacology, geology, geomorphology, archaeology and the like. However, the wild character (otherwise called wildness or wilderness quality) of land has arguably been the main characteristic that has motivated many environmentalists in Tasmania. For example, the word ‘wilderness’ was deliberately inserted into the name of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area to emphasize the major value it was intended to protect.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:wilderness, remoteness, high conservaton value forests
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental Science and Management
Research Field:Natural Resource Management
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Land and Water Management
Objective Field:Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Land and Water Management
Author:Smith, PE (Mr Paul Smith)
ID Code:115053
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:Geography and Spatial Science
Deposited On:2017-03-06
Last Modified:2017-04-12
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