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IP065: Biological Prospecting in the Antarctic: An Update on the Review by SCAR

ATCM XXXII and CEP XII 2009, Baltimore, United States

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IP065: Biological Prospecting in the Antarctic: An Update on the Review by SCAR

Summary:

During ATCM XXXI, SCAR was asked to prepare a paper for ATCM XXXII to inform the on-going discussions of biological prospecting. After consultations, SCAR agreed to review recent published research on biological prospecting in the Antarctic Treaty region and assess these efforts from discovery to development to commercialisation to product use. The assessment is to be based on fundamental scientific principles, and a survey of biological prospecting research being undertaken within the SCAR community.

The question of biological prospecting in the region has a considerable history of consideration, and SCAR took note of the several papers submitted to ATCM since IP 123 submitted by SCAR at ATCM XXIII, and the outcomes of academic workshops on this question, including IP047 submitted by New Zealand to ATCM XXVI. SCAR has commenced a review of published research and submitted a questionnaire survey to its members (Appendix A).

ATCM - Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
CEP - Committee for Environmental Protection
32th Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting
06 Apr 2009 - 17 Apr 2009