The Role of Environmental Non-governmental Organizations Antarctic Conservation – the Case of the Ross Sea MPA
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
This paper examines the role of ENGOs in the context of the Antarctic environmental regime. It highlights some of the challenges surrounding international environmental politics, methods used by ENGOs to achieve their goals, and ENGO involvement in international environmental regimes. It goes on to outline the role and development of NGOs in the Antarctic context. This paper employs furthermore employs Betsill and Corell’s framework of analyses to assess the involvement of ENGOs in the Ross Sea marine protected area agreement. Through an exercise of process tracing exercise it finds the influence of ENGOs, particularly with issue-framing and agenda setting, to be considerable. Ultimately this paper argues that ENGOs are a significant asset to the Antarctic environmental regime due to their position as a nexus between state and public and their ability to promote environmental protection free from geopolitical considerations.