Report on Greatest Risk of Non-native Species entering Antarctica, Plans of Identification and Eradication for Postgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree LevelPostgraduate Certificate
Degree NamePostgraduate Certificate in Antarctic Studies
The introduction of non-native species is now recognized as one of the most significant threats to biodiversity worldwide, posing both a threat to individual species existence and being responsible for major changes to ecosystem structure and functioning. Antarctic terrestrial 2 ecosystems are particularly vulnerable to non-native species as generally its own community structures are simple, species richness is low and the native biota have life history strategies that may limit their capacity to compete with introduced species. Assess current response plan for several Antarctic Programmes on scientific basis for the prevention of introduced non-native species compared to that of International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO). With the Antarctic Treaty area is now covered by the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty which came into force in 1998, this report will point out the mixed reviews that this legislation has received.