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