TWWHA Status and Trends reports now online

Minister for Parks

TWWHA Status and Trends reports now online

15 June 2022

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is ensuring that our special natural places are protected and presented in ways that allow people of all abilities to enjoy the natural and cultural values they contain.
We know that the ecosystems within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) are of outstanding significance for their exceptional natural beauty, distinctive landforms, paleo-endemic species and plant communities, and having ecological processes that result in some of the tallest vegetation in the world.

The statutory TWWHA Management Plan (2016) remains key to specifying how the Outstanding Universal Value of the property is preserved and managed to promote protection of the property for future generations.

The delivery of Status and Trends reports are identified as an action under the Management Plan, so I am pleased to advise today that this important suite of reports that will inform adaptive management within the TWWHA are now available online including:

  • Status and Trends in the Condition of the Natural Values of the TWWHA;
  • Status and Trends in the Condition of the Cultural Values of the TWWHA; and
  • Summary Status and Trends in the Condition of Cultural and Natural Values of the TWWHA.

These important Status and Trends reports will assist the Tasmanian Government in making priority policy decisions on adaptive management within the TWWHA both now and into the future.

This will be the first time that such a wealth of information on the values of the property have been compiled for publication.

The TWWHA makes up almost one quarter of Tasmania, and this important body of work is in addition to the TWWHA Natural Values Climate Change and Adaptation Strategy 2021-2031; the TWWHA Biosecurity Strategy 2021 – 2031; and the TWWHA Fire Management Plan, which all assist in helping to protect this precious landscape for Tasmanians and visitors to enjoy for generations.

The Status and Trends reports are available now on the Department of Natural Resources and Environment’s website.

Feedback sought on fire management planning for the TWWHA

Minister for Parks

Feedback sought on fire management planning for the TWWHA

9 September 2021

The Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service (PWS) is releasing the draft Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA) Fire Management Plan for public comment.

A comprehensive Fire Management Plan is vitally important for the TWWHA in order to protect its Outstanding Universal Values as well as critical State infrastructure.

We recognise that the TWWHA covers nearly a quarter of the Tasmanian land mass and has many areas of fire-sensitive, high value, natural and cultural assets which are irreplaceable if impacted by bushfire.

The TWWHA Fire Management Plan seeks to minimise the risk of destructive bushfires as well as providing a contemporary planned burning program to maintain fire-dependent ecosystems.

The Plan also recognises the role of past Aboriginal burning practices in shaping the cultural landscape of the TWWHA, and the contemporary role of planned fire regimes in maintaining these practices.

One of the objectives of the fire management program for the TWWHA focuses on the suppression of bushfires that pose a threat to public safety and other values located inside the TWWHA or on adjoining lands.

The draft Fire Management Plan for the TWWHA is shaped by community consultation following the release of an issues paper last year.

The 44th World Heritage Committee report, handed down in June 2021, welcomed the Tasmanian Government’s commitment to developing a comprehensive Fire Management Plan.

This consultation phase that begins today is the next key step in delivering on that commitment.

To view the draft Plan visit the PWS website at