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SCAR XXXI WP19c: Report on Proposed PPG State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco)
(to be discussed and modified during SCAR Business Meetings)
Title: State of the Antarctic Ecosystem (AntEco)
Authors: Pete Convey, Dom Hodgson, Brent Sinclair, Kathleen Conlan on behalf of AntEco planning workshop group
Introduction/ Background: Biological diversity is the sum of all those organisms that dictate how ecosystems function, and underpins the life-support system of our planet. This programme has been designed to focus on patterns of biodiversity across terrestrial, limnological, glacial and marine environments within the Antarctic, sub-Antarctic and Southern Ocean regions, to provide the scientific knowledge on biodiversity that can be also used for conservation and management.
Important Issues or Factors: In essence we propose to explain what biodiversity is there, how it got there, why it is there, what threatens it, and also provide recommendations for its management and conservation. In particular to answer the following key scientific questions:
Recommendations/Actions and Justification: To form a Programme Planning Group, AntEco
Partners: ACE, AGCS, SALE, EBA (and their successors), other Antarctic initiatives such as ACCE, CCAMLR, COML, ANTABIF, and inform stakeholders in the ATS and CEP. The programme is outward looking with targeted stakeholders including IPCC, SOOS, IPBES, ICED, and PAGES.
Budget Implications: $5000 a year for two years