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Overview of the Project

As human activity grows across Antarctica and as environmental change becomes more pronounced, it becomes increasingly pressing to determine how to best conserve its unique biodiversity and environments. The Antarctic Peninsula, home to much of the continent’s biodiversity, has a comparatively mild climate and close proximity to South America, making it the most visited region of Antarctica for both science and tourism. Improving the management of human activity in the region is a key priority for IAATO and many Antarctic Treaty Parties, where an integrated approach is required to facilitate management of multiple values and stakeholders, particularly where human activity is highly concentrated. The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) and the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) are developing an integrative, evidence-based approach to site management, incorporating all activities (science and tourism) and all known biodiversity features (such as breeding seabird colonies, vegetation, and invertebrates).

Systematic Conservation Planning (SCP) is a routine approach employed by conservation biologists to aid decision makers in managing whole landscapes involving multiple stakeholders and multiple objectives. SCAR, IAATO and project partners are utilising the SCP approach to develop a SCP for the Antarctic Peninsula that will deliver quantifiable, evidence-based solutions for the simultaneous management of tourism, science and biodiversity in the Antarctic Peninsula region.

Coordination Group

A Coordination Group, consisting of SCAR and IAATO members, with observers from Monash University, has been formed to help oversee the project. The coordination group meets regularly and will continue to for the duration of the project. The group is chaired by Dr Chandrika Nath (SCAR) and Amanda Lynnes (IAATO).

Liaison Group

SCAR and IAATO are establishing a liaison group for the project. The aim of the liaison group is to provide the project with input, advice and where appropriate, further data, from all interested stakeholders, and to keep the stakeholder community informed. Examples include advice on targets for biodiversity protection, or identification of key tourism and scientific values and objectives in the region. SCAR and IAATO are inviting expressions of interest for participation in this group. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the following information:

  • Full contact details including e-mail and country
  • Position and organisation (e.g. interested scientist, member of a country’s CEP party, scientific advisor) 
  • Brief reason for interest
  • Main envisaged role in liaison group, for example: to provide advice/to provide input/to provide data/interest in outcomes/interest in progress/all

Project Updates

A post-doctoral researcher, Dr Jasmine Lee, has been appointed to the project and officially commenced work in April 2019 at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

A methodology has been identified using some of the latest and most advanced spatial planning tools available to conservation scientists. Work has been undertaken to define the objectives of the project, to identify and collect relevant data, identify appropriate conservation decision support software, and establish where stakeholder engagement is required.

The next stage of the project is to engage with stakeholders to define broad objectives for each stakeholder group (science, tourism, biodiversity) and begin to discuss targets and thresholds for different zones and features.

Contact Details

For more information about the project please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.at IAATO

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