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Attachment 2 Thematic approach to World Heritage Assessment



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Attachment 2 Thematic approach to World Heritage Assessment


Step A: Identify, on expert advice, significant themes relating to natural and cultural values relevant to all biomes in Australia. By consideration of their global context, sort the themes into:

(a) outstanding universal value

(b) important universal value

(c) outstanding national/regional value

(d) important national/regional value.

Identify those themes of (a) outstanding universal value relevant to forest biomes in Australia.



Outcome: Only forest themes of (a) outstanding universal value proceed

Step B: Identify, on expert advice, and with reference to the World Heritage criteria, those places where further work is needed to determine whether they represent the forest themes of outstanding universal values. Reporting to include information on the integrity and authenticity of each identified place, and adequacy of current management mechanisms.

Step C: Determine, with reference to the World Heritage criteria, which of those places identified in Step B have integrity and authenticity, and identify existing legal protection and management mechanisms.

Outcome (i) Only places with integrity and authenticity proceed.

(ii) Current management status and any further management requirements are identified.

Step D: Evaluate the significant places selected in Step C by consideration of their global context, into those:

(a) essential to a theme of outstanding universal value

(b) integral to a theme of outstanding universal value

(c) peripheral to a theme of outstanding universal value

(d) no relevance to a theme of outstanding universal value

Outcome: Only places (a) essential and (b) integral to a theme of outstanding universal value proceed

Step E: Undertake final assessment of the places selected in Step D against the definitions in Articles 1 and 2 of the World Heritage Convention and the criteria in paragraphs 24 (a) and 44 (a) of the Operational Guidelines

Outcome: Only places which satisfy one or more of the criteria as well as the test of integrity and authenticity to proceed.

Note: The Attorney's General's Department has advised the World Heritage Unit in correspondence of 7 June 1996 that: "the mere application of any or all stages of the methodology to a place will not make that place 'identified property' for the purposes of the World Heritage Properties Conservation Act 1983. The Act will not be capable of applying to a place solely by reason of the application of the above steps of the methodology."
(from World Heritage Report. Record of the World Heritage Expert Panel meeting: Western Australia, New South Wales and Queensland, State/Commonwealth Regional Forest Agreement Process, Commonwealth of Australia, Canberra, January 1998, Attachment 1, p. 88.)

Attachment 3 Further assessment of the sub-theme of eucalypt-dominated vegetation

Methodology for documentation and assessment of potential places to represent the sub-theme

Documentation of the sub-theme


  1. Prepare a technical report which identifies aspects of eucalypt-dominated vegetation related to its outstanding universal value based on current understanding of its evolutionary history, distribution, diversity and ecology.

  2. Finalise the report as part of a joint State/Commonwealth Expert Workshop on the sub-theme. The Expert Workshop will be attended by selected, invited experts and representatives of participating governments.

  3. The Expert Workshop will advise governments concerning both the technical documentation of the sub-theme, and likely data requirements for further assessment of identified forest places.

Documentation of potential places


  1. Document the identified forest places in terms of their representation of the sub-theme.

For each forest place identified in relation to the sub-theme:

  1. Describe and map (at appropriate scales) the occurrence of existing eucalypt-dominated vegetation with high integrity of natural values using available data relevant to eucalypt species distributions, biophysical naturalness, and disturbance.

  2. Describe and map (at appropriate scales) the distribution of the characteristics of each place related to eucalypt-dominated vegetation and likely to contribute to its outstanding universal value in representing the sub-theme.

Data compiled for RFA regions as part of the CRA/RFA process will need to be used for documentation of identified forest places located within the regions.

The adequacy of these data in describing all relevant aspects of the sub-theme will need to be evaluated for each place. Additional data may also be required.

Assessment of potential places


  1. Assess the representation of the sub-theme by the identified forest places.

For each forest place identified in relation to the sub-theme:

  1. Assess the relative contribution of each of the agreed characteristics related to eucalypt-dominated vegetation at each place in representing the outstanding universal value of the sub-theme;

  2. Assess the overall significance of each place in representing the outstanding universal sub-theme, in terms of the composite suite of its characteristics related to eucalypt-dominated vegetation;

For forest places identified in relation to the sub-theme:

  1. Assess their significance in terms of their representation of the outstanding universal sub-theme of eucalypt-dominated vegetation in Australia.

  2. Assess their outstanding universal value against the definitions in Articles 1 and 2 of the World Heritage Convention and the criteria in paragraph 44 (a) and the conditions of integrity in paragraph 44 (b) of the Operational Guidelines.

Assessment of potential places outside RFA regions


The Expert Panel advised that forest places outside of RFA regions, and non-forest places, would also be required to represent the outstanding universal aspects of the sub-theme of eucalypt-dominated vegetation.
Documentation and assessment of these non-RFA places would need to be undertaken to represent the sub-theme of eucalypt-dominated vegetation. This work would need to be undertaken separately to CRA/RFA processes.
Figure 1. Diagrammatic summary of the assessment process

World Heritage Expert Panel:

Sub-theme of eucalypt-dominated vegetation



World Heritage Expert Panel:



Identified forest places

(in CAR Reserve system for RFA regions)








Technical report documenting

outstanding universal aspects of the sub-theme

and identifying relevant data requirements






Expert Workshop to:

1. finalise technical report,

2. advise on likely data requirements

for documentation and assessment

of identified forest places






Documentation of identified places

in CAR Reserves in RFA areas

(as RFA data is available)




Documentation of other identified places

outside RFA areas

including listed World Heritage Areas,

woodland, mallee, marlock, arid areas







Assessment of documented places

in relation to possible

representation of the sub-theme


Assessment of places

against the World Heritage Criteria

and Conditions of Integrity



Joint preparation of a nomination

for eucalypt-dominated vegetation


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