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SCAR EXCOM 2015 WP23: Report from SCATS (Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System)
SCAR Executive Committee Meeting
26 - 28 August 2015, Tromsø, Norway

SCAR EXCOM 2015 WP23: Report from SCATS (Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System)

Working Paper: 23
Agenda Item: 5.1
Posted/Revised: 12 Aug 2015
Person Responsible: A. Terauds 

Executive Summary

Title: Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System - Annual Report to ExCom

Author: Aleks Terauds

Introduction/ Background: The Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System (SCATS) is the body tasked with developing SCAR’s scientific advice to the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) and its Committee on Environmental Protection (CEP), the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR), the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Seals (CCAS), and the Advisory Committee to the Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels (ACAP). 

Important Issues or Factors:

  • SCAR President Jeronimo Lopez-Martinez and SCATS CO Aleks Terauds represented SCAR at the workshop “Antarctica and the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity: 2011-2020: The Monaco Assessment”. The meeting was supported through funding from the Monaco Government, Monash University and SCAR (through the SCATS budget). 
  • SCATS continued to play a key role in the Antarctic Environments Portal, particularly through the editorial process, with the CO Aleks Terauds appointed to the Editorial Board.
  • SCATS members Jeronimo Lopez-Martinez, Aleks Terauds and Steven Chown, together with SCAR Lecturer Richard Bellerby represented SCAR at the ATCM XXXVIII - CEP XVIII in Sofia Bulgaria. SCAR was an active participant in the meeting and came away with a number of agreements and commitments (See also WPxx for a full report of the meeting)
  • Informal discussion between SCATS (Aleks Terauds) and CCAMLR (Keith Reid) were initiated in the margins of the ATCM in Sofia. These discussions will continue to generate ideas and strategies for improving the information flow between SCAR and CCAMLR.

Recommendations/Actions and Justification:  SCATS continues to be a dynamic and productive Standing Committee and we recommend that ExCom note and approve of the actions to date and support future initiatives.

Expected Benefits/Outcomes:  SCATS will co-ordinate the responses required following the ATCM/CEP in Sofia and continue to develop and provide advice on behalf of SCAR in preparation for next CEP/ATCM meeting in Chile. SCATS will continue to provide editorial support and engage with the Antarctic Environments Portal.

Partners: SCATS has a strong track record of engagement with groups both within and external to SCAR and this engagement will be developed and increased over the next 18 months, with a particular focus on improving information flow between SCAR and CCAMLR.

Budget Implications: US$20 000 per year funding for SCATS (+ support for ATCM/CEP travel)