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Antarctic environmental planning and management: conclusions from Casey, Australian Antarctic Territory

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posted on 2023-05-25, 21:34 authored by Kriwoken, L
The Antarctic environment has undergone significant local environmental damage and degradation, with nations rebuilding, expanding,or developing stations and bases.The Australian Antarctic Division's ten-year(1985-95) A$76.704 million programme of rebuilding and expanding stations in Australian Antarctic Territory is representative of a continent-wide increase in station numbers and impact,increasing station size, human numbers, lengths of roads, buildings, waste material production, and energy requirements. Environmental planning and impact assessment have not been incorporated in official decision-making; human activities at Australian Antarctic Territory stations had serious impacts on the limited ice-free land and local flora and fauna. Casey, a re-developed station, is examined with reference to environmental planning and management under Antarctic Treaty obligations and recent Australian environmental legislation. Recommendations include the setting up of an Australian Antarctic Resources Committee responsible inter alia for environmental planning and management, including regional and station management plans and cumulative and environmental impact assessment for all Antarctic operations.


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