Former national Greens leader Bob Brown will be speaking at a parallel event to the World Parks Congress tonight in Sydney.

The event, Protecting the World’s Forests: Values, Threats and Opportunities, will be held at the Pullman, Sydney Olympic Park.

Bob Brown will challenge the Federal Minister for the Environment Greg Hunt to protect the 450,000 hectares Tarkine wilderness of Tasmania as a National Park and World Heritage Area. The Tarkine includes Australia’s largest temperate rainforest. This forest was protected by Prime Minister John Howard in 2004 but is now threatened by mining and logging.

“Last week’s announcement by the Tasmanian State government that it is opening 24 tracks to off-road vehicles on the Tarkine coast, which is rich in Aboriginal heritage, is mindless heritage vandalism and should be over-ruled by Minister Hunt,” Brown said.

Brown will be joined by Professor Brendan Mackey, Director of Griffith University’s climate change response program; Cyril Kormos, Vice President for Policy at The WILD Foundation, a non-profit organisation based in Boulder, Colorado and a member of IntAct (International Action for Primary Forests) a new NGO coalition focused on primary forest conservation globally and Alec Marr, Chairman of Markets For Change.
Jenny Weber Campaign Manager The Bob Brown Foundation