IAATO members vote to develop an Antarctic conservation plan

Published on : Thursday, May 11, 2017

IAATONewport, Rhode Island, USA: Members of the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) have agreed to develop a science based conservation plan for the Antarctic Peninsula in collaboration with the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) to support decision making for tourism management.

 

“This was an important decision that reflects our members’ ongoing commitment to sustainable Antarctic tourism.” said Terry Shaller from Ponant and Chair of IAATO’s Executive Committee. “It’s about combining our knowledge and resources with SCAR’s scientific expertise to develop an effective long-term management plan that will conserve the Antarctic environment while enabling sustainable use.”

 

“The partnership is an important step further towards the adoption of best-practice for the region” noted Steven Chown from Monash University and President of SCAR. “Joint work among stakeholders lies at the very foundation of good conservation planning.”

 

The agreement was made last week in Edinburgh, Scotland, at IAATO’s annual meeting from 2-4 May. Over 130 people attended representing member companies and invited experts from governments, environmental and scientific organizations and charitable trusts, all of whom have a vested interest in Antarctica’s future.

 

Other meeting highlights included:

 

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