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SCAR EXCOM 2015 WP24: Report of the SCAR Delegation to XXXVIII ATCM and XVIII CEP
SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
26 - 28 August 2015, Tromsø, Norway

SCAR EXCOM 2015 WP24: Report of the SCAR Delegation to XXXVIII ATCM and XVIII CEP

Working Paper: 24
Agenda Item: 5.1
Posted/Revised: 12 Aug 2015
Person Responsible: A. Terauds, J. López Martínez 

Executive Summary

Authors: A. Terauds, J. López-Martínez, 

Introduction/ Background:
SCAR provides objective and independent scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meetings and other organizations on issues affecting the conservation and management of Antarctica.

Important Issues or Factors:
SCAR submitted two Working Paper (WPs), six Information Papers (IPs) and three Background Papers (BPs) to CEP XVIII, some of which were also presented to the ATCM. Two of these papers were submitted jointly with Treaty Parties. The SCAR Lecture, given by Richard Bellerby was on "Southern Ocean Acidification". Leading up to the ATCM, SCAR also provided input to intersessional groups such as the contact group on climate change. SCAR scientists also provided feedback into the drafting of guidelines for activities in terrestrial geothermal areas. SCAR maintained a substantial involvement in the Antarctic Environments Portal, through editorial oversight and assistance with content development.

Agreements and Commitments:
The following agreements were made (either during the meeting itself or in associated discussions):

  • SCAR will continue to play an active role in supporting the Environments Portal project, in particular through the provision of editorial and review services (coordinated through SCATS) and the development of content.
  • SCAR agreed to contribute to the 25th Anniversary of the Protocol symposium (to be held in conjunction with CEP XIX 2016) and provide input into the publication that is also planned as part of the 25th
  • SCAR expressed interest in attending the joint CEP/SC-CAMLR workshop (2016) on climate change and monitoring.
  • SCAR will report back to CEP XX (2017) on advances in research on the impacts of UAVs on wildlife.
  • SCAR will review the draft code of conduct for activities in geothermal areas and submit a final version to CEP XIX (2016) for consideration.
  • The SCAR Action Group of Geological Heritage and Geoconservation will consider matters relating to the scientific understanding of fossils as part of the groups broader work and SCAR will provide advice to CEP XXI (2018).
  • SCAR has agreed to assist in the revision of the CEP Non-native Species Manual
  • The ATCM (2016) decided to invite SCAR to give a lecture on scientific issues relevant to ATCM XXXIX

Budget Implications:
$20k per year for SCATS. Funds are also budgeted so the SCAR Delegation can attend the Antarctic Treaty Meetings.