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SCAR XXXIII WP24: Report from SCATS (Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System), Including Report to the Treaty
XXXIII SCAR Delegates Meeting
1 - 3 September 2014, Auckland, New Zealand

SCAR XXXIII WP24: Report from SCATS (Standing Committee on the Antarctic Treaty System), Including Report to the Treaty

Working Paper: 24
Agenda Item: 7.1
Posted/Revised: 24 Jul 2014
Person Responsible: S Chown, M Sparrow, J Lopez-Martinez

Executive Summary

Title: Report of the SCAR Delegation to CEP XVII and XXXVII ATCM in Brasilia, Brazil, 28 April – 7 May 2014

Authors: M. Sparrow, S. Chown, J. López-Martínez, K. Hughes, A. Terauds

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 provided one Working Paper (WP), six Information Papers (IPs) and two Background Papers (BP). Several of them were submitted jointly with other Parties, Observers and Experts. It also provided input to intersessional groups such as the contact group on climate change and focussed effort on the Environments Portal, led by New Zealand. The SCAR Lecture, given by Carlota Escutia-Dotti was on "Back to the Future: Past Antarctic Climates, Ice Sheet History & Their Relevance for Understanding Future Trends".

Agreements:

The following agreements were made (either during the meeting itself or in previous discussions):

  • SCAR will continue to play an active role in supporting the Environments Portal project and developing and reviewing the content of the Portal
  • SCAR to continue to provide updates to its ACCE report and to engage with other bodies, such as the UNFCC, as funds allow
  • SCAR and COMNAP to produce a report (or reports) on the utility and risks of UAV operation in the Antarctic.
  • SCAR to present a report on the results of the SCAR Science Horizon Scan
  • SCAR to consider identification of outstanding geological features and requirements for their protection
  • SCAR will present its report on Southern Ocean Acidification to the Treaty
  • SCAR will participate in discussions on a possible workshop on Education and Outreach activities to be held in association with ATCM XXXVII in Bulgaria 2015.
  • SCAR agreed to include coastal camping as part of its consideration of appropriate  approach distances from wildlife.
  • The ATCM decided to invite SCAR to give a lecture on scientific issues relevant to ATCM XXXVIII

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