Expanding the Protected Area Network in Antarctica is Urgent and Readily Achievable

  title={Expanding the Protected Area Network in Antarctica is Urgent and Readily Achievable},
  author={Bernard W.T. Coetzee and Peter Convey and Steven L. Chown},
  journal={Conservation Letters},
The terrestrial protected areas of Antarctica are generally small, unrepresentative of the continent's biodiversity, and at risk from a range of pressures. While some consider the whole Antarctic region as a protected area, we demonstrate that the evidence does not support this view. The Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty recognizes that a systematic environmental‐geographical framework provides a quantitative approach to inform expansion of the current Antarctic… 
Current logistical capacity is sufficient to deliver the implementation and management of a representative Antarctic protected area system
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A snapshot of biodiversity protection in Antarctica
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Biological invasions in terrestrial Antarctica: what is the current status and can we respond?
An up-to-date inventory of known terrestrial non-native species introductions, including those subsequently removed since the 1990s, within the Antarctic Treaty area is provided.
Environmental Protection in the Arctic and Antarctic: Can the Polar Regimes Learn From Each Other?
  • Timo Koivurova
  • Environmental Science
    International Journal of Legal Information
  • 2005
There has been increasing dissatisfaction with the way Arctic-wide cooperation under the Arctic Council operates. Scholars and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) have taken up the idea of finding a