Antarctica's new Marine Area - Why did it take so long?
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR)announced the Ross Sea Marine Protected Area (MPA) in October 2016. This was aftersome years of debate and discussion. During this time there was some disquiet amongstnon-government organisations (NGOs) and the science community that they werelosing faith in the ability of CCAMLR to progress the Ross Sea MPA. The MPAestablishment is discussed in this review to provide an understanding as to why it tookso long. The background and composition of CCAMLR is reviewed. Given thecomplexities of geopolitics, the compromises required of member states with differentviewpoints to reach consensus on the Ross Sea MPA it is understandable that theoriginal Ross Sea MPA proposal was modified and took years to be announced. Furtherresearch is needed to ascertain if the compromises needed to achieve the MPAadversely affect the Ross Sea region's rich ecosystem.
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