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WP021: Antarctic Environments Portal - Project Completion and Next Steps

ATCM XXXVIII and CEP XVIII 2015, Sofia, Bulgaria

Working Paper

WP021: Antarctic Environments Portal - Project Completion and Next Steps (joint paper with Australia, Belgium, New Zealand and Norway)

Submitted: 16/04/2015

Summary:

Wise management of the Antarctic environment requires access to high quality scientific information. Pressures on Antarctica, through a changing Antarctic climate and increasing human activity means that there is a pressing need to improve the availability of, and access to policy-ready information to support the effective implementation of the Protocol. The Antarctic Environments Portal (www.environments.aq) meets this need by placing policy-ready information on Antarctic environments at the fingertips of those involved in Antarctic management and governance. The Portal also supports SCAR’s scientific advisory role to the Antarctic Treaty System.

The Portal development project is concluding. The Portal is being transferred to the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand from where it will be managed for an interim period of time. A Management Board will be established to oversee the Portal. An Editorial Group has been established to support the Editor. Funding to support the ongoing operation of the Portal is actively being sought.

Members are invited to: lend their support to the Portal; consider how it can be used to support the work of the CEP; consider whether and how it might engage with the Portal by providing Editorial Group members in the future, and provide thoughts on long-term management arrangements for the Portal.

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
38th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
01 Jun 2015 - 10 Jun 2015