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Hobart, Launceston, Cradle Coast


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Since 1991 when the Antarctic Treaty Consultative Parties adopted their Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty, all activity in Antarctica has been viewed through the prism of its potential impact on the environment. International treaties protect Antarctica by managing its uses, and human activities sanctioned under these include scientific research, logistic support, fishing, tourism and non-governmental activity. This unit examines all of these activities and the governance arrangements (including laws, guidelines and regulations) under which they operate to highlight the strengths and weaknesses, gaps and overlaps in environmental management in Antarctica.

Summary 2020

Unit name Governing Antarctica
Unit code KSA201
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Institute for Marine & Antarctic Studies
Discipline Oceans and Cryosphere

Jeff McGee

Teaching staff

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No



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