Attachment 1: Summary outline of the methodology for 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.

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."

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