Title

A wild law perspective on wilderness management: managing the Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area

Document Type

Article

Publication details

Rogers, N & Mackey, B 2015, 'A wildlaw perspective on wilderness management: managing the Tasmanian wilderness world heritage area', Australian Journal of Natural Resources Law and Policy, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 145-165.

Abstract

In this article, the authors consider the impact of postmodernist reinterpretations of ‘wilderness’ in the context of wilderness management, looking at the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area as a case study. They analyse the 2015 Draft Management Plan for the area from a wild law perspective. The proposed mixed uses and abandonment of the wilderness zoning in the Draft Plan detract from effective wilderness preservation and reflect both anthropocentric and eco-pragmatic considerations. Regulatory regimes such as that put forward in the Draft Plan jeopardise wilderness environments and will replace them with, to borrow a phrase from Emma Maris, ‘rambunctious gardens’ patrolled by legions of tourists anxious to obtain a wilderness experience.