Support World Heritage protection for takayna / Tarkine
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“The Tarkine has given me back my sense of identify, my sense of self - who I am and what I could be. And then to find that this area, which was starting to really grab my heart, was so under threat and being destroyed. But for what?”
- Dr. Nicole Anderson; Tasmanian doctor, activist, runner
Tasmania's takayna / Tarkine is a 495,000 hectare region in northwestern Tasmania and one of the last undisturbed tracts of ancient rainforest in the world. It also includes one of the highest concentrations of Aboriginal archaeology in the hemisphere—traditional use of coastal takayna / Tarkine dates back thousands of years and those cultural resources are still an important part of Aboriginal heritage and culture.
The area is a crucial habitat for sixty of Tasmania's rare and endangered species including the Tasmanian giant freshwater crayfish, the Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and the iconic Tasmanian devil. Despite the takayna / Tarkine's immense ecological and cultural value, it remains unprotected and at the mercy of destructive extraction industries, including logging and mining.
The Tasmanian State Premier Will Hodgman has the responsibility to protect this landscape in perpetuity as a World Heritage Area.
Researchers have already identified that takayna / Tarkine meets several of the ten Outstanding Universal Values criteria for World Heritage Listing. Not only would a World Heritage Area designation benefit the ecological and cultural integrity of the landscape, it would also create economic opportunities for nearby communities as a result of increased global tourism—a market that already contributes $2.5 billion AUD to the Tasmanian economy.
For over 40 years, Australian activists like Dr. Nicole Anderson and the Bob Brown Foundation have been fighting for protection of takayna / Tarkine and the end of rainforest logging in Tasmania.
Sign our petition and join Patagonia and the Bob Brown Foundation in telling the Tasmanian government to nominate takayna / Tarkine for World Heritage protection.
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